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What Psychological Safety Looks Like in a Hybrid Workplace

By Erik Korsvik Østergaard, 10. May 2021

Here’s a challenge that has been growing over the past year with Work From Home (WFH): How do you create psychological safety when we’re distant, virtual, and asynchronous and have kids who need home schooling and demand attention? 

In this article, one of the masters in psychological safety, Amy D. Edmondson, shares five steps to getting started. 

WFH and hybrid working makes psychological safety anything but straightforward. 


Obviously, simply saying “just trust me” won’t work. 

Here’s another great input:

The best way to show you’re serious is to expose your own vulnerability by sharing your own WFH/hybrid work personal challenges. Be vulnerable and humble about not having a clear plan and be open about how you’re thinking about managing your own challenges.”

It’s important that managers view (and discuss) these conversations as a work in progress. As with all group dynamics, they’re emergent processes that develop and shift over time. This is a first step; the journey ahead comes without a road map and will have to be navigated iteratively. 

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