Google puts psychological safety as a huge priority for their teams. I think this is excellent. Psychological safety means that everyone on the team is cared for mentally - and mental health is just as important as physical health. When psychological needs are considered important, it means that companies are taking their employees seriously.
Harvard Business School professor Amy Edmondson explored the concept a 1999 study, which concluded that “psychological safety” boosted performance in teams. At the heart of Sakaguchi’s strategy, and Google’s findings, is the concept of “psychological safety,” a model of teamwork in which members have a shared belief that it is safe to take risks and share a range of ideas without the fear of being humiliated.
Yes, any team works best when each member can make a significant contribution. However, when any team member feels that his or her psychological safety is being threatened, he or she will not participate as much. This team member will shut down, and the team as a whole ends up losing a valuable team member.
Work group members need to feel safe around one another. There is rarely any chance that they will not feel physically safe, so it is important to make sure they feel psychologically safe. Being able to depend on and rely on your team is important in order to work together.