Psychological Protection is present in a work environment where employees' psychological safety is ensured. Workplace psychological safety is demonstrated when workers feel able to safely ask questions, seek feedback, report mistakes and problems, or propose a new idea without fearing negative consequences to themselves, their jobs or their careers.
Engaging your entire team in reviewing the factors that impact psychological health and safety in your workplace is the approach recommended by the National Standard of Canada on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. By doing this, you not only build awareness of the responsibility of each employee to contribute to a positive workplace culture, you also get their involvement in developing and being part of the solution.
Download this Facilitator's Guide to help you lead a team discussion about addressing Psychological Protection.
Download the Guarding Minds at Work Presentation Slides to guide a group discussion to better understand how Psychological Protection impacts your team and collaborate on an action plan to promote and protect this in your workplace.
This video offers an explanation of how Psychological Protection affects a workplace and strategies to improve it. This video is intended to help the facilitator learn language and hear examples prior to facilitating the team discussion.
This whiteboard animation video on Psychological Protection is part of the Ottawa Public Health series Have That Talk and can be helpful to show to your team at the beginning of your On the Agenda session.
Each of the psychosocial factors identified in Guarding Minds at Work and the National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace have similar resources that can be found here.