Soft Skills for Effective Engineers
Part 3: Psychological Safety
Thursday, 25. November 2021 | 19:30 – 20:30 CET
Psychological Safety (Part 3 of 3)
Sandra Roth delivers a 3-part series of progressive 1-hour webinars that explore the key soft skills needed on an individual, social and cultural level in the workplace.
In order to stay ahead in the age of innovation, we need to ensure we have happy, productive and amiable teams who are confident to create, pioneer and challenge. The people in your organisations are your biggest asset; they are the ones with the ability to develop products which propel your company into being masters of innovation. So, you need to look after your people – establishing a robust work culture where ideas are shared, opinions are valued, and individuals are encouraged to be self-aware and responsible in their workspaces. For this to happen, we must sharpen and engage essential soft skills.
Soft skills for engineers are as vital to healthy work practises as academic and technical skills but are often neglected or overshadowed. They are the characteristics that build successful relationships, empower individuals and employees to make decisions and give you the confidence to manage yourself and inspire others.
Psychological Safety | Part 3
For organisations to stay ahead of innovation and maintain resilience in the market, it is crucial to embrace a culture of inclusivity and encourage diversity of thought. It is essential to recognise that teams of people collectively unite many valuable perspectives, experiences, problem solving skills and ideas. If there is a climate where people can confidently share, challenge, and question the ‘status quo’, leaders can leverage the strengths and wisdom available in the team and propel the company to the heights of innovation.
Teams who do not feel comfortable sharing vital feedback and suggestions, result in an organisation which is stagnant in their progress and ethos. They become unwilling to change and ill-equipped to bounce back from a crisis or retain staff who share the goals and visions of the company.
To create a resilient and dynamic culture where people feel secure to express themselves – giving the enterprise the opportunity to become a pioneer in its industry – psychological safety must be established.
Embedding psychological safety into the workplace enables people to feel secure enough to bring their ‘whole selves’ to work – meaning they give their all and truly invest in the organisation. Psychological safety at work yields an accepting and adaptable workforce.
Psychological safety is NOT an instant transformation, and key principles must be integrated systematically in the existing culture through both leaders and team members. For successful implementation, an organisational approach is required.
Leaders need to exemplify team expectations, co-create roles and responsibilities within functional boundaries, promote productive dialogue by modelling effective communication and prioritise staff development through encouraging self-responsibility and competence. Team members need to adapt their approach according to organisational guidelines, feel empowered to contribute and feed into a sharing and collaborative culture that embraces their expertise.
In this webinar, you will learn to:
Create a workplace that is accepting and supportive and allows employees to have a sense of belonging and the confidence to contribute and improve.
Establish a shared belief that people can speak up, share ideas and take risks without the fear of negative repercussions.
Generate a culture of respect and interpersonal trust where empathy and compassion are the norm.
Embrace conflict, failure and disappointment and learn ways to resolve these productively
Improve the quality of communication across your organisation.
Prioritise staff development and foster the unique qualities of your team.
Display the characteristics of an effective leader / team member.
Who Should Attend?
Leaders and individuals who are…
Interested in more constructive, social interactions.
Looking to improve their stakeholder management skills.
Looking to enhance their team spirit and engagement.
Looking to grow a culture which is free to innovate and progress.
Limited spaces available. Save your seat and register now for FREE.
About your host…
Dr. Sandra Roth
Sandra is a leadership, team and change management coach with a sound background in Psychology and a decade of experience in R&D of medical devices and mobility. Sandra holds an M.Sc. in Psychology, a Ph.D. in Human Computer Interaction and several coaching accreditations.
- Founder and owner of Dr. Sandra Roth coaching & consulting.
- Head of Software Projects at Mobility Cooperative, Rotkreuz, Switzerland.
- Head of Diagnostics Development Consulting & Services at Roche Diagnostics Int. Ltd, Rotkreuz, Switzerland.
- Senior Manager User Experience & SW Architecture at Roche Molecular Systems, Pleasanton, USA.
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