Amy Edmonson (1999) describes Psychological Safety as, “The belief that the workplace is safe for interpersonal risk taking”. This feeling of psychological safety has been found by research to be an important component for learning and sharing in the organisation and is influenced by factors such as leadership style, work design, supportive work relationships and personality (Frazier et al., 2017). These important aspects of the organisation are very hard to illustrate and telling people they are important is not likely to have an impact. Driving Culture is all about visibly demonstrating these concepts so people feel and understand why they are important.
In Driving Culture teams are split into groups and set to work on developing the best car for the DC race that will happen at the end of the game. During the game the teams will be faced with a number of key decisions and difficult situations. To give themselves the best chance of winning the final race the teams will have to communicate well, make good decisions and solve problems effectively. The team managers will need to create the opportunities for discussion and encourage open dialogue.
The Driving Culture game allows facilitators to:
- Observe behaviours and use participant experiences to create a conversation about how the interactions felt. This means that participants are able to link the emotional experience of the game with the concepts.
- Provide information on the practical steps that can be taken to develop psychological safety. This allows participants to leave the game with an understanding of the importance and a plan of what they can do personally to improve psychological safety.
The game can be delivered by us or our games partners OR the game can be rented on a monthly basis (requires facilitator training).
This is a video of the older version of the game – filmed with permission of Thames Water. The new version of the game ends with a digital car race.
Edmondson, A. (1999). Psychological Safety and Learning Behavior in Work Teams. Administrative Science Quarterly, 44(2), 350-383.
Frazier, M. L., Fainshmidt, S., Klinger, R. L., Pezeshkan, A., & Vracheva, V. (2017). Psychological Safety: A meta‐analytic review and extension. Personnel Psychology, 70(1), 113-165. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/peps.12183