Developing Psychological Safety at Work

Event Details:
When: December 6, 2022 10:00 am – December 6, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Virtual

Cost To Attend:
Nonmembers – Free and Open to the Public
VBSR Members – Free and Open to the Public

Registration is open

Event hosted by: Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility

Increasingly, organizations understand a central key to organizational wellness and business success is increasing Employee Engagement. We also know that people work better when their physical safety is being watched after. Much research and documentation supports these understandings – but how do engagement and safety relate and how do we practice them in our workplaces?

In this session we will look at the most critical factor impacting employee engagement, better performing teams, and increased retention rates: Psychological Safety & Wellness. While you may be attuned to the concept of Wellness in the workplace, you may be asking “What is ‘Psychological Safety'”?

  • Psychological safety is the belief that you won’t be punished or humiliated for speaking up with ideas, questions, concerns, or mistakes.
  • For employees it provides the right conditions for being engaged with work and feeling empowered and connected to others in the workplace.
  • For employers it not only supports employee engagement and better performing teams, it also increases retention rates.

Participants in this immersive and interactive workshop will learn how to identify and increase psychological safety & wellness within their workplace and leave with six essential skills applicable to any organization.

VBSR believes all people deserve work with dignity, purpose, and a pathway to advance their wellbeing. Centering people in work culture, practices, and policies creates economic mobility, employee empowerment, and thriving families and communities.

Meet Your Facilitator

Shannon Prescott Program Coordinator email Shannon

Shannon Prescott (She/Her)
Director of Risk Control Services, The Richards Group

Shannon joined The Richards Group in 2011 with a background in sales management and marketing. She is the P&C Project Manager for our property and casualty clients. Shannon works with the sales team to ensure all client goals on our Service Performance plans are being met and oversees the plan throughout the policy year.

Shannon is a licensed P&C Producer, a Certified WorkComp Advisor, a Certified Occupational Safety Specialist and is an Authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer for General Industry and Construction courses.

She assists clients with compliance and safety program evaluation and implementation, helping them achieve compliance with OSHA, DOT and DOL regulations. In addition, she provides First Aid/CPR courses and Mental Health First Aid courses.

Shannon serves on the Stone Soup Café Board, the VT Safety & Health Council, her local Youth Commission and is also an active member of the Massachusetts based, Franklin County Young Professionals, currently serving as the organization’s Chairperson.

Thank you to our sponsor!


Questions? Please reach out to VBSR Education & Events Manager, Molly Barfuss,