Workplace safety is of the highest importance to Canadian employers, and by extension, their leaders, who have a robust influence on both physical and mental health at work. As such, the University of Fredericton (UFred) is pleased to share a self-assessment tool developed by faculty member Dr. Joti Samra and her research team. A free, evidence-based, and confidential resource, the Psychologically Safe Leader Assessment (PSLA) helps leaders assess and address their skills related to supporting a psychologically healthy and safe workplace.
A strengths-based assessment and training tool, the PSLA aligns with the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. Acknowledging that leaders have a strong influence on employee health and satisfaction, the Standard seeks to:
- Ensure that those in leadership roles have the training and skills to prevent psychological harm
- Promote psychological health of workers
- Address problems related to psychological health and safety
Employees who work with managers with psychologically safe leadership and communication styles are more likely to report higher job satisfaction and engagement, better workplace relationships, and better psychological well-being. A psychologically safe leader leads in a manner that promotes employees’ psychological well-being and actively works to prevent harm to employee psychological health.
Upon completing the PSLA, a report will highlight areas of strength and areas for continued development. The PSLA assesses leaders’ skills relating to psychologically safe leadership, and how those skills impact employees. By completing the assessment, leaders and their organizations can identify areas for improvement – both at the individual leader level and at the organizational professional development level.
The PSLA takes just 15-20 minutes to complete, can be taken as many times as desired, and is available at the link below. For more information, The Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace has a number of free, relevant, and evidence-based tools and resources available.