Professional Ethics: Improving Psychological Safety in the Workplace

Psychological safety is a measurement of how comfortable you are to share your thoughts and speak your mind in the workplace.  It is an important area of research in the field of organizational behaviour.  Current research has shown that organizations and teams with higher psychological safety are more productive, creative, and happier.  And teams and organizations that have higher psychological safety make better and more ethical decisions. 

However, current research also shows that psychological safety is fragile within organizations and teams.  Critical events such as new leadership, organizational strategy changes, and external situations (such as a pandemic) can adversely affect an organization's psychological safety. 

This course qualifies for 2.0 verifiable ethics hours. 

2 Dec 2021, 11:00 AM

2 CPD hours


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Course Description

In this live webinar, we will examine current research to better understand psychological safety for organizations and teams. We will then introduce ways to assess and improve psychological safety for both organizations and teams.

The learning objectives of this course include:

  1. Understanding what is meant by the term psychological safety
  2. Understanding the importance of psychological safety to decision making and ethics
  3. Identifying the benefits of improving psychological safety within teams and organizations
  4. Exploring examples of organizations with both high and low psychological safety

Within 24 hours of the webinar, we will forward you an e-mail from with instructions for accessing the live webinar. If you don't receive it, please check your junk/spam. 

We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.  Should you have any ideas for topics, speakers, sponsorship or anything else, feel free to contact Melanie Russell, CPA, CA, CBV, CIM, CFE, CFF, ABV at 416-488-9590 x 225.

Please note: For best audio quality, we recommend using external speakers or headphones. 

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About the Instructor(s)

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Garth Sheriff

Garth Sheriff, CPA, CA, CPA (Illinois), CIA, CGMA, MAcc, is the founder of Sheriff Consulting ( and Sheriff Consulting Online (

We specialize in the design and delivery of assurance, accounting, and communication skill professional development courses. The mission of Sheriff Consulting is to provide an engaging approach to your professional development.

Our courses are designed using the latest in communication research and current technical developments that affect our profession. This includes:

1. Helping professionals navigate the most significant changes to the accounting and assurance standards in the last 40 years.

2. Using current research to improve business communication skills such as working with diverse multigenerational teams.

3. Understanding how transformative technology such as Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence will impact our profession.

Garth has worked as an assurance professional and learning provider for over 20 years. He has prepared and trained CPAs for key changes to the profession, including internal control documentation (SOX), Canadian Auditing Standards (CAS) and Canadian Standards on Review Engagements 2400 (CSRE 2400).

He earned a Master of Accounting and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours - Accounting) from the University of Waterloo, Canada. He is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPAO), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).

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