The Myth of Safe Spaces
Is anyone still using the term ‘safe spaces’? Truth is, I don’t believe they exist. I do, however, believe they matter. To understand how both of those statements can be true and how to use them to your benefit as a Compassionate Leader, watch Episode 5 of The C Word.
What are Safe Spaces?
Safe spaces mean different things to different people, in different contexts. And contrary to popular belief, safe spaces are not inherent to the workplace – or anywhere, actually. With such a variety of definitions and expectations, there needs to be an understanding created amongst the members of a group working together. But how?
How Do We Create and Maintain Safe Spaces?
In this episode of The C Word, I lay out a 4-step framework for creating – and maintaining – a safe space in the work place. By having your team adhere to this framework will have you and your teams working together in a transparent and collaborative environment.
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KEY VIDEO POINTS:
- Episode intro… [0:00]
- On the myth of safe spaces… [0:22]
- On laying out the 4-step framework… [0:48]
- On making the request… [1:16]
- On setting parameters… [2:17]
- On creating alignment… [2:41]
- On holding accountability… [3:06]
- On working with Workplace Catalyst… [3:57]
“…You could say, ‘Hey, remember at the beginning of this, we talked about this being a judgment-free zone. So, I just want to remind everyone that that’s what we aligned to.’ Just like that, you’ve held people accountable. And you’ve reset the safety in the space.”