Security and Safety involves supporting a safe environment through proactive, prompt and effective responses to any threats to psychological, physical, or professional safety.

The National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard) requires leaders to be competent to manage, lead and supervise employees in a way that is psychologically safe. One of the core aspects of psychologically safe leadership relates to ensuring the psychological and physical security and safety of all employees.

What is Security and Safety?

Security and Safety involves supporting a safe environment through proactive, prompt and effective responses to any threats to psychological, physical, or professional safety.

Why does strengthening skills in Security & and safety matter?

  • Risk of critical incidents is reduced
  • Stress related absences and injuries are prevented
  • There is improved loyalty and retention
  • Trust in your leadership increases

So, how do leaders increase the level of psychological security and safety in the workplace?

  1. Value a balance in employee’s work as well as personal lives. This helps to ensure work stress doesn’t spill over into employees’ lives outside of work.
  2. Foster an environment where employees feel comfortable coming forward if they’re struggling. Supporting employees with personal or work struggles will help them to maintain a better work life balance which will help them to manage stress and be more productive at work.
  3. Effectively identify and address threats to psychological safety, such as bullying, harassment, or violence. As well as encourage employees to come forward if they have experienced or witnessed harm or threat to psychological safety in the workplace.
  4. Be vigilant when it comes to threats of physical safety and acknowledge the potential psychological impact physical illnesses and injuries on employees at work.

Overall good leaders foster an environment where everyone looks out for the well-being of each other. Consider ways that you can enhance Security and Safety within your organization – remember, there’s always room for improvement!

The Psychological Safety Leader Assessment or PSLA is an assessment tool developed by Dr. Joti Samra, MyWorkplaceHealth’s CEO & Founder, made for leaders to self- assess how they fare across 5 key domains of leadership, which align with the requirements of the Standard. These 5 domains are: Communication and Collaboration, Social Intelligence, Problem Solving and Conflict Management, Security and Safety, and Fairness and Integrity.