This activity allows the participants to bring up whatever was making them uncomfortable on the safety check.

Running the activity

1.       Ask for insights on what could be bringing the safety low

So, put yourself on the shoes of someone who not feeling safe to talk about some topics. What could be the causes for it? Please write these on a yellow post it and place on the board.

This sentence is quite powerful. The safety check is anonymous, but this sentence opens the door for things to be raised on a subtle way. One does not need to say “I feel unsafe on this or that”. Instead, issues are raised without a first person. This should uncover the causes bringing the safety low.

2.      Create an affinity group for the causes on the board.  
3.      Ask the participants for ideas on how to make people feel safe given the causes on the boards

Think about the things you could do to help overcome these causes on the board (on yellow post-its), Please write these on a orange post-it and place it next to the cause.

      4.  Read out all the notes and have a (careful) guided conversation on these

The facilitator will have to use his judgment on how to read the notes and guide the conversation. The facilitator should have in mind that some people might be uncomfortable with some topics and ideas, so do not jump into conclusion, or get people into the spotlight.

5.       Run the safety check again

Hopefully the safety will go up. The important thing is that the safety check results were taken into account and the participants (safely) talked about it.