Are you Stressed to be Back to Work?

If yes, that’s a company-wide problem, not just an individual one. A recent study on the highest performers in Google highlighted that high-performers all worked in an environment of psychological safety.

Psychological safety is a shared belief that the team is safe for interpersonal risk-taking. It can be defined as “being able to show and employ one’s self without fear of negative consequences of self-image, status or career” (Kahn 1990)

If your people do not work in a psychologically safe environment, they are like vehicles running with bad oil and flat tyres – they are never operating to their best ability. The Science of Epigenetics says that regenerative cells in our bodies are controlled by our thoughts.

Dr. Bruce Lipton is a leader in this field and says: “…when confronted by stress, cells adopt a defensive protection posture. When that happens, the body’s energy resources, normally used to sustain growth, are diverted to systems that provide protection. The result is that growth processes are restricted or suspended in a stressed system.”

If our individual brains allocate resources based on how we feel and businesses are masses of individuals, then an environment of psychological safety must be paramount to business success?

Corporate coaching and leadership coaching is often overlooked, but to change how the business thinks, you need to change how your people think.