Why Psychological Safety Is Key to Creating an Innovation Culture
Create a work environment that is psychologically safe
For years, the term "innovation" has been thrown around all organizations. But it's more than a buzzword: Research, case studies and numerous articles show that groups that are innovative can increase brand awareness, build market share and distinguish themselves as leaders in their field. But as beneficial as innovation is, associations often struggle with it.
Now, research published in the International Journal of Innovation Management indicates associations who want to innovate need to start by making their work culture psychologically safe for employees.
Radoslaw Nowak, Ph.D., is a management studies expert at the New York Institute of Technology who authored the paper How Psychological Safety Enables Innovation: The Effects On Potential And Realized Absorptive Capacity. I spoke to him about how cultivating psychological safety among staff can help associations be more innovative.
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