Psychological safety

Important: if you feel, you're in a situation where psychological safety is not granted, approach a person of trust to support you. These can be, but are not limited to, persons from people and culture, the lead community, or the agile coaches.

How can you contribute to an environment of psychological safety?

  • Embrace a culture of respectful debate.
  • Encourage personal storytelling.
  • Ask questions.
  • Allow for experimentation and failure.
  • Model openness to feedback.
  • Set clear goals and key performance indicators.
  • Offer development opportunities.
  • Build a speak-up culture.
  • Highlight competencies.
  • Dismantle perceptions of hierarchy.

We're all in this world together. Therefore, we can be certain that other people share similar challenges as ourselves. From time to time, it's a good idea to visualize the following:

  • This person has beliefs, perspectives, and opinions, just like me.
  • This person has hopes, anxieties, and vulnerabilities, just like me.
  • This person has friends, family, and perhaps children who love them, just like me.
  • This person wants to feel respected, appreciated, and competent, just like me.
  • This person wishes for peace, joy, and happiness, just like me.

Huge kudos towards Gitlab for providing great content on this topic in their handbook.

Mental health

Mental health at work refers to the impact of work on a person’s mental well-being. It encompasses the psychological, emotional, and social aspects of work, including job tasks, work-life balance, relationships with colleagues and superiors, as well as the organisational culture. is aware of its responsibility to create a supportive work environment that promotes mental well-being, and offers resources for those who want support.

Please contact the people and culture unit at any time with questions. In urgent emergency cases and if you think we are not the right contact in your case, you will find competent help on