Heather Rist, MA, LPC

Presentation: The Next Normal: Envisioning and Creating Healthy Workplace Culture

Presentation Description:

This presentation explores evidence-based trends contributing to healthy workplace cultures that enable innovation, creativity, growth, and retention based on the US Surgeon General's Guidance for Workplace Well-being.

Living through a global pandemic has changed us - individually and collectively. There is no "going back to normal," especially in the workplace. We are challenged to create a new normal - The Next Normal. The next normal is about balancing productivity with compassion, embracing challenges as growth opportunities, and incorporating more humanity into the day-to-day management of business and personnel. We will explore positive, evidence-based changes workplaces are making that contribute to job satisfaction, worker retention, and the collective health of the organization, including recommendations from the US Surgeon General for Workplace Wellbeing.

Presenter Bio:

Heather L. Rist is a licensed professional counselor, mental health and wellness educator, and consultant in Arizona specializing in trauma and trauma-informed care. Heather’s professional career has included community mental health, domestic violence and sexual assault services, and private practice. Currently, she is the trauma expert on the Employee Assistance and Wellness team for Northern Arizona University. Heather maintains ongoing certification as a Clinical Trauma Professional and is clinically trained in evidence-based trauma treatment. Heather’s mission is to share trauma-informed philosophy and practice in health care and higher education settings fueled by the understanding that if we can create trauma-informed environments, our systems will become healthier, more effective, and more efficient. Additionally, Heather has created a successful and well-attended weekly mini-series at Northern Arizona University called “The Next Normal,” in which several topics related to building a post-pandemic healthy workplace culture have been addressed and discussed. Heather lives in Flagstaff, AZ, with her family and two dogs, and in her free time, she enjoys being in the forest and exploring the red rocks of Sedona.