During the month of June, the U.S. recognizes National Safety Month by calling attention to workplace safety. In addition to our emphasis on 5S training and activities this month, we join the National Safety Council for the 25th anniversary of National Safety Month by providing content on weekly topics that are recognized by companies across the U.S.
Week 3 – It's Vital to Feel Safe on the Job
Physical safety is only the beginning of creating a safe work environment. A safe work environment not only protects lives and livelihoods, it provides a place where all employees can feel emotionally and mentally safe.
Psychological, social, and emotional factors can distract or impact employees mentally, which can lead to physical safety and health issues. Improving psychological safety, in addition to physical safety, protects our ability to speak up, share ideas and opinions, learn new skills, and challenge the status quo. It also encourages employees to seek support when experiencing mental health distress.
Although we can’t fully control our environment – especially during a pandemic – we can foster an inclusive, psychologically safe workplace by observing the actions of those around us, listening more closely and considering other perspectives that may challenge our own inherent biases.
Keeping psychological safety top of mind involves:
- Responding with respect when interacting with co-workers and clients
- Asking for and considering the opinions and perspectives of others
- Courageously speaking up if you observe someone who isn’t creating a psychologically safe environment
- Encouraging employees to seek support when needed
Ensuring psychological safety makes it possible for everyone to bring their best selves to work. When we get everyone to contribute, our workplaces and our communities not only survive, but thrive – safely. We must challenge ourselves and each other to do better, so that we create a truly safe place to work for all.
Martin, L. M. (2021, June 11). Speaker Spotlight: Psychological safety is part of a safe workplace. Safety+Health Magazine. https://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/20514-speaker-spotlight-psychological-safety-is-part-of-a-safe-workplace.
Need someone to talk to? U.S. Mauser Packaging Solutions employees have access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Take advantage of the EAP which includes WorkLife Services, available to you and your family at no costs 24/7. EAP is confidential and puts you in direct contact with experienced member advocates who can offer consultation and assistance with issues including:
- Legal concerns (one 30-minute consultation per legal issue per year)
- Identify theft (one 60-minute consultation per year)
- Alcohol and drug abuse
- Online will preparation
- Difficulties in relationships
- Stress, anxiety, depression
- Financial and budgeting
- Life improvement and goal setting
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