Professional Ethics: Improving Psychological Safety in the Workplace

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Course Description:

Psychological safety is a belief that you are free to share your thoughts and not be punished for speaking your mind. It is an important area of research in the field of organizational behaviour. Current research has shown that organizations and teams with higher psychological safety are more productive, creative, and happier. And teams and organizations that have higher psychological safety make better and more ethical decisions.

However, current research also shows that psychological safety is fragile within organizations and teams. Critical events such as new leadership, organizational strategy changes, and external situations (such as a pandemic) can adversely affect an organization’s psychological safety.

In this video learning course, we will examine current research to better understand psychological safety for organizations and teams. We will then introduce ways to assess and improve psychological safety for both organizations and teams.

Course publication date:  January 1, 2021

Learning objectives

After completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Define the term psychological safety
  2. Identify at least 1 misconception of psychological safety (i.e. what it is not)
  3. List 2 fears that cause low psychological safety within teams
  4. List at least 3 of the 7 point scale used to assess psychological safety
  5. Identify at least 3 benefits of psychological safety for the organization and team
  6. Identify an assessment to understand the psychological safety of your team
  7. Identify how low psychological safety can cause poor ethical decision-making
  8. Identify at least 1 real-life organization that demonstrates either high or low psychological safety
  9. Identify at least 1 action step to improve psychological safety within your team and/or organization
  10. Identify at least 1 action step to improve psychological safety within virtual teams

  1. Program Level: Basic
  2. Program pre-requisites: There are no prerequisites for this course
  3. Advance preparation: None
  4. Delivery method: QAS Self Study
  5. CPE credits: Participants will earn 2.0 CPE credits in the field of study of behavioral ethics
  6. Refunds and cancellations: Sheriff Consulting will issue refunds for courses cancelled by participants within ten days of purchase. For more information regarding refund, complaint, and/or program cancellation, please contact our offices:

Sheriff Consulting is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:


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