Psychologically safe employees feel confident sharing ideas, asking questions, being themselves and even challenging the status quo – without the fear of being punished or humiliated. Remote work can put company culture and team trust to the test. However, the concept of psychological safety can still be achieved regardless of team or workplace location.
According to research, you may progress through four sequential stages of psychological safety:
After progressing through those four stages, you are more likely to be comfortable speaking up in the workplace.
Psychological safety typically hinges on organizational leadership, but there are ways that remote employees can challenge or influence workplace cultural norms. Consider the following ways you can help create a psychologically safe work environment:
While working remotely, you’ll have to be very intentional with showing appreciation and acceptance for co-workers and their ideas, thoughts and discussions. Talk to your manager if you have concerns or questions about psychological safety in your work environment.
Remote work comes with unique challenges, including additional cybersecurity risks. Many cyberattack attempts are typically mitigated by IT and firewalls. However, those protections aren’t guaranteed for an employee working from home, as hackers can often work around them.
Human error is often a leading cause of cybersecurity breaches. This means that in many cases, such threats can be avoided.
While many employers are checking and testing their preparedness plans, remote employees can help prevent hackers from compromising personal or work data by understanding common cyberthreats and how to look out for unusual activity. The following are cyberthreats to be aware of:
Especially in today’s climate, it’s critical to remain vigilant online. Remote employees can also take basic precautions like updating software and using strong passwords for personal and work accounts. Should you encounter a cyberthreat, report it to IT to ensure the safety of your data and help prevent it from threatening your organization in the future. While cyberattacks are inevitable, you can help protect your work and personal data by staying aware of current threats.
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