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Influence psychological safety at work using neuroscience (SCARF Part 1)

Creating a safe workplace for your employees is a requirement of a competent leader. In order to have a successful, effective, and healthy team, it is essential to make sure that your team members and employees feel emotionally comfortable.


Many leaders are unaware that their behavior directly affects whether or not an employee will feel comfortable or unsafe, despite the fact that it is common information that individuals prefer to avoid situations that make them feel worried and emotionally unsafe.


The concept of psychological safety is receiving more attention in modern workplace discussions and organizational development. Psychological safety is the conviction that voicing your opinions or asking inquiries will not result in punishment or humiliation.

According to research, it is essential for building high-performing teams and is connected to elements that affect employee engagement and retention.

If team leaders want to build a highly effective team, they must actively promote sentiments of safety and pleasant emotions in their members.

Conflicts are more likely to arise for workers who don't feel psychologically comfortable, and may lead to

  • mental health issues

  • lower productivity

  • more workplace accidents

  • feel ill from stress-related conditions

  • making poor choices

  • hand in their notice

Successful and accomplished leaders use neuroscience as a tool to establish a safe atmosphere at their business to ensure none of the above occurs.

It's critical to realize that our brains are continually taking in, analyzing, and digesting information. Your brain interprets inciting actions—such as those of an irate employer, a combative coworker, an unhealthy rivalry, or a contemptuous subordinate—as a danger to your life or death. As a result, the brain's alarm system, the amygdala, triggers the fight-or-flight response, taking over the higher-order brain regions. While our fight-or-flight reactions are helpful in life-or-death situations, such as when a bear is chasing us, they obstruct the strategic thinking required in today's job. According to studies, positive emotions like trust, curiosity, confidence, and inspiration help us develop our psychological, social, and physical resources by enlarging our minds.

Once we have this information, we can start to use it to influence people to take constructive steps for the team.


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