Psychosocial Safety Climate (PSC) is increasingly being recognised as a âcause of causesâ and a significant mediator/moderator of a number of important workplace behaviours and attitudes including; morale, cynicism, engagement, commitment and absenteeism. Anyone who has worked in an organisation for more than a few weeks understands that it only takes a short time before one acquires a fairly clear understanding of the âmoodâ and âtoneâ of that workplace. This occurs largely unconsciously, but may also be strongly informed by the behaviour, manner, and opinions of co-workers. To this extent, it represents an example of âemotional contagionâ. Taken together, these direct and indirect observations and experiences sum to an abiding sense of the extent to which one feels âsafeâ in the workplace. This is more than physical safety (which is usually well covered in relevant and mandatory Occupational Health and Safety (Work Safety) legislation). It encompasses the feeling
and belief that oneâs work is valued by the organisation. This value is demonstrated unmistakably by the philosophies, processes, behaviours and practices within the organisation, which impact on you and/or others around you, and which are clearly designed to prevent you (to the greatest extent that is practically possible) being injured or harmed, physically or emotionally, in that workplace.
Psychosocial Safety Climate: Role and Significance in Aged Care
Peter C Winwood
Last date updated on June, 2014