The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety Stay Interview Guide:

Psychological safety refers to an environment of rewarded vulnerability in which employees feel 1) Included, 2) Safe to learn, 3) Safe to contribute, and 4) Safe to challenge the status quo—all without being embarrassed, marginalized, or punished in some way.

The engagement and retention of the individual is directly linked to the level of psychological safety they feel in each of the 4 stages. In conducting a stay interview, ask each of the following two-part questions. Then listen intently and take notes.

Stage 1: Inclusion Safety Question: Do you feel included, accepted, and a sense of belonging at work? Are you rewarded for bringing your whole self to work? Please explain.

Stage 2: Learner Safety Question: Do you feel safe to learn and grow at work? Are you rewarded for asking questions, giving and receiving feedback, experimenting, and even making mistakes? Please explain.

Stage 3: Contributor Safety Question: Do you feel safe to use your knowledge, skills, and experience to make a meaningful contribution at work? Is your contribution rewarded with an appropriate level of autonomy, guidance, and support? Please explain.

Stage 4: Challenger Safety Question: Do you feel safe to challenge the status quo? Are you rewarded for candor, constructive dissent, and intellectual bravery? Please explain.




7 Questions to Assess Your Personal Impact on Psychological Safety

To assess your personal impact on the psychological safety of your team, ask yourself the following seven questions:



Removing Exclusionary Bias, Behavior, and Policy Through Psychological Safety

Consider this: We include naturally in childhood and exclude unnaturally in adulthood. Why? Exclusionary behavior is learned behavior, the result of bias acquired through socialization. That bias may be conscious or unconscious. How, then, do you root out exclusionary bias, behavior, and policy?



5 Steps to Create Innovation With Your Team

Innovation is a team sport. It comes easier and faster when you work together. If you're going to create solutions to difficult problems or find new ways to exploit opportunities you'll need innovation. Here are the five steps to innovating with your team: