Poster Presentation 6th World Congress on Positive Psychology 2019

Workplace Courage: A Critical Factor For Successful Organisations (#743)

Dina Pozzo 1 , Peggy Kern 2
  1. insium Pty Ltd, ST KILDA, VIC, Australia
  2. Centre for Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

In a world of constant disruption and mounting tension, it has never been more important to be courageous – at home, in workplaces, and in the community.  We need people who will challenge the status quo, develop collaborations and partnerships, hold self and others accountable for their actions, and be true to personal purposes and values, despite pressures from multiple directions. And yet there is little data on workplace courage in the world. To develop a better understanding of workplace courage, 366 employees across a range of industries completed a series of questions on 38 specific workplace situations.  They were asked to consider how worthwhile the situation is, the risk associated with the situation and how willing they are to act on the situation, reflecting on what workplace courage means to them. Findings suggest that courage involves speaking up, confidence, having difficult conversations, taking on challenge, honest communications, and personal risk. The more that an action is seen as worthwhile, the less risky it seems to be and the more likely people are to act.  We consider insights that arise from the data and implications for fostering workplace courage.