- Ask participants to choose a number between 1 and 5 that indicates how safe they feel within the group. Below is the meaning for each number.
5 – No Problem, I’ll talk about anything4 – I’ll talk about almost anything; a few things might be hard3 – I’ll talk about some things, but others will be hard to say2 – I’m not going to say much, I’ll let others bring up issues1 – I’m not going to talk at all, I don’t feel safe.
- Make it visible to the whole group the safety check result.
- Acknowledge the result and decide what’s next.
- the safety is high: “it seems like many folks in the room are up for talking about many topics, therefore it is very worthy moving to the next activity, which should trigger many conversations.”
- the safety is medium: “as visible on the safety check results, some folks are not willing to talk about all topics. Let’s have this in mind and I (as a facilitator) will not ask everyone’s opinion. Given some folks are not comfortable to talk about everything”
- the safety is low: “as visible on the safety check results, the group safety seems low. For this reason, let’s use the remaining time and run an activity which might help us increase the group safety level”
Creatingsafety is a good follow up activity when the safety is low or medium.