“Be well.” At scale. My conversation with Mari Ryan.


It's really simple: Employees who experience higher levels of well-being = higher performance well-being for the organization. And then there's the virtuous circle of engagement <-> well-being...

Mari Ryan, founder and CEO of Advancing Wellness, and I are in wild agreement about the role of employee engagement in wellness program success (and overall organizational performance.) Mari and her team help organizations walk the well-being talk, with program design and operating strategies that flatten healthcare costs, improve morale and increase engagement. She’s a petite powerhouse I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know recently.

Here’s our recent conversation as part of Mari’s Expert Interview series on YouTube.


Find out my take on

  • What “engaged employees” look like

  • What people are looking for in an employer

  • The business impact of greater engagement

  • How to become a place employees want to work and can do their best work

Transcript highlights of the interview are also on the Advancing Wellness blog.

And for more on the connection between well-being and performance, check out Gallup’s “five elements of well-being.”

Employee well-being and performance go hand in hand. Gallup finds that workers who are thriving in all five elements of well-being (purpose, social, financial, community, physical) miss less work, have higher customer ratings, solve problems more readily and adapt to change more quickly than employees who are only thriving in one element. Employees with high well-being in all five elements also save their companies money in healthcare costs and turnover, being 81% less likely to seek out a new employer in the next year compared with adults who are only thriving in their physical well-being.

As Mari signs off her emails, be well.