Creating a Culture of Trust and Psychological Safety in Engineering Organizations

Limor Bergman Gross

Executive Coach at LBG Consulting Service Ltd


Creating a culture of trust and psychological safety is crucial for engineering organizations. It enables team members to take risks, share ideas, and collaborate effectively. In this article, we will explore the five pillars of building trust and credibility within a team: building relationships, transparency, vulnerability, consistency, and communication.

Building Relationships: In a remote work environment, building relationships can be challenging. However, it is essential to get to know team members on a personal and professional level. Showing genuine interest in their hobbies, families, and personal lives can help foster trust and connection. Mary shared her experience of building trust through transparency, stating, "The minute you start being transparent and the other person realizes you're being transparent, it kind kind of is a base for trust."

Transparency: Being open about challenges, decisions, and information is crucial for building trust. It is important to share both good and bad news and be truthful even if it is uncomfortable. Ian emphasized the importance of transparency, stating, "Trust is the basis of any relationship, like business included. If you don't have trust, you are always going to move faster and do better things together."

Vulnerability: Sharing failures and being open about not having all the answers can help build trust. Jenny mentioned the importance of vulnerability, stating, "Being vulnerable about our past failures helps others open up about their failures, and we can work on them together."

Consistency: Being reliable and consistent in your actions and commitments is crucial for building trust. It is important to meet your commitments and not commit to things you may not be able to fulfill.

Communication: Clear and effective communication is key to building trust. It is important to be explicit, ask questions, and actively listen. Mary emphasized the importance of explicit communication, stating, "If someone brings up a problem in a one-on-one, we go and talk to our senior leads about the problem and figure out a solution. When we come back to the one-on-one with this person, we have to provide that update and acknowledge them. It's like our TCP handshake."

In conclusion, building a culture of trust and psychological safety in engineering organizations is essential for effective collaboration and innovation. By focusing on the five pillars of building trust and credibility, teams can foster strong relationships and create an environment where team members feel safe to take risks and share ideas.

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