284: The Role of HR in Psychological Safety

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Today’s episode focuses on the role of HR in fostering psychological safety. I’m your host, Heather, author of The Art of Caring Leadership and The Art of Active Listening, and today, we’re joined by Sherry Martin, an HR Business Partner and true advocate for building thriving workplaces. Join us as we uncover Sherry’s insights on nurturing psychological safety and embracing leadership with heart.

More about Sherry Martin

Sherry Martin is an accomplished and forward-thinking senior human resources leader. She has twenty-plus years developing her Human Resources expertise at both the private and public sectors in a variety of roles which has provided her to be well-rounded in the profession. Sherry approaches her work from an “employee experience” perspective. The hallmark of Sherry’s success is her customer-centric focus and motivating people to achieve their best. This establishes trust with employees and creates meaningful relationships with all levels in an organization. This lens also translates into ensuring employee voices are represented when establishing new policies, programs, and processes to enhance employee engagement and internal culture.

Sherry is a member of Forbes HR Council. Sherry’s expertise is routinely published with their Q&A forums and had two articles published in the last year; The Workplace’s Impact on Employee Experience and Leading Successful Change in a Post-Covid Era. Sherry has an MBA from the University of Hartford and a BS in Economics from SUNY Oneonta.

Sherry has her human resources credentials from the SHRM and HRCI. Sherry lives in Colorado with her husband, thirteen-year-old daughter, and their two cats.

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About Heather R Younger

Heather R Younger is a highly sought-after speaker, 2x-TEDx speaker, diversity, equity and inclusion strategist, and contributor to leading news outlets. She is also the Founder and CEO of Employee Fanatix, a leading employee engagement and consulting firm.

After over 25,000 employee engagement surveys and years of working with organizations to transform employee engagement, here’s what Heather has seen over and over:

When you know how to listen, employees will tell you exactly what they need to bring their full selves to work.

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CEO of Employee Fanatix

A leading workplace culture and employee engagement consulting & training firm.

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Bringing the best insights from over 25,000 employee stories to the stage.

A top company culture strategist

An expert in creating spaces for these vital conversations.

A contributor to leading news outlets

A trusted expert for stories on workplace culture, customer and employee engagement, and employee retention.


The Cycle of Active Listening

Create a listening culture that elevates the workplace experience for everyone.

Through this guide, uncover how to ensure those in your care at work feel heard and valued, resulting in increased loyalty and satisfaction.

  • Understand why listening is the key to improved engagement
  • Learn how the Cycle of Active Listening contributes to strong workplace relationships
  • Get a practical framework for creating a listening culture that is bidirectional, responsive, and supportive

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