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What this is
A safe working environment makes it easier for staff to be themselves.
As a people manager, you play a core role in building a safe work environment.
Why you need to focus on this
If you create a safe environment and are empathetic to your staff, you’ll help:
- build trust in your working relationships
- build collaboration in the team
- give them more satisfaction in their work
- increase work performance
- reduce distress
What happens if you don’t focus on this
If the environment for your staff is unsafe and you ignore the needs of your staff, they may:
- become alienated
- become disengaged with their work
- develop a combative approach that escalates to conflict
- experience distress
- feel unsafe
- find it hard to comply with agreed values and protocols
- seek legal action
Tips to use
If matters escalate, be empathetic to each member of your team’s needs and help prevent harm to their wellbeing.
Check your team has a good physical environment to work in, whether this is in the office or remotely. Ask them if the software or equipment they have is okay.
If your team works in a non-office role, ask your team if there’s anything you can do the help them in their work environment.
Other things you can do are:
- balance work outcomes and what’s happening at work or in their lives
- check any survey results your organisation has about staff wellbeing to work out what you can do
- make sure your team is taking enough breaks
- support your team to do the best they can based on their circumstances
- tell your team it’s okay to not always feel good and to speak up about it or seek help