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How to create a safe space for your employee?

Updated: May 4


There is a great deal of focus lately on the mental health of employees and how to protect

their well-being and create a place where they feel heard and safe. Let's look at how we can

improve our workspaces to be inclusive and create an environment where employees feel

safe and heard.


Hire smart

How will you know if a candidate is right for your business? It’s easy to focus on a top-

performing candidate, who has the highest skill set for the job in front of you, but it is

essential to spend time finding someone who will fit into your company’s culture from the

moment they walk through your door. Time spent listening and engaging with candidates

during the interview process will give you a clear picture of who they are and how they’ll fit.

Take the time to get to know their outside of work interests and hobbies, find out what

drives them, and what makes them enthusiastic about this new position.


Get their feedback!

Asking your employees for feedback about their working environment is an important part

in your leadership role. Every employee sees and values different aspects of their workspace. To create a truly positive and productive environment, it is essential to make all

of your employees feel like their needs are being heard. Make sure to ask for suggestions

from everyone. All feedback is valuable so it's important you listen patiently and ask

clarifying questions when needed. Countless times we've committed mistakes in the

workplace because we were too shy or uncomfortable to ask certain questions that would

have made all the difference in a colleague's relationship, or how they felt in their role.

You'll create a positive atmosphere and make everyone feel more at ease if you take

advantage of their knowledge and insight on how to improve their workday.


Provide Employee resource groups

This gives your employees the voluntary option to meet and talk with others who

understand their experience within the workplace. It also allows for the employees to talk

with their colleagues and be open with their feelings and emotions instead of bottling them

up.


Creating an environment of mutual respect

Creating mutual respect helps to establish a secure environment in which people feel free to

share their ideas and cooperate as a team. Respect is the foundation of building a healthy

and productive workplace. The more you respect your colleagues, the more they will

respect you, which in turn leads to a better team collaboration and communication. You

can take many steps to achieve a respectful workplace, including developing open


communication and setting goals for professional development. When each person feels

valued, it makes for a good team environment, which helps to establish positive solutions

for various situations in the workplace.


Creating a safe and inclusive workspace

At some point, you may have worked in a business or company where some people are

unreliable, disengaged, disloyal or uncommunicative. Therefore, you will have first-hand

experience of how difficult it is to thrive and be successful within such an environment.

A negative working atmosphere counts for so many lost opportunities. Employees find it

difficult to be fully dedicated and committed towards the organisation’s vision and mission

because of the negative environment. With low level employee engagement, almost

everyone underperforms, which in turn leads to slow growth and staff churn.

Communication is key in any work environment. Without proper communication,

employees can get easily lost and the business will see little success. Employers who

communicate with employees in one-on-one meetings, regular collaborative team meetings

and adopting an open-door policy to any questions or concerns, will see positive changes in

their workforce. While creating a space where employees can comfortably share their ideas

and thoughts without fear of being judged or dismissed, is one that creates an environment

of collaboration, creativity and ultimately Job Satisfaction.

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