2021 Annual Conference

By Lauren Kollauf on Wednesday, April 7, 2021


Redefining 'wellness' for greater employee wellbeing

What does it mean to live a "well" life? After the events of the past year, wellbeing has never been more important than it is now.

Throughout the disruptions of 2020, both individuals and organizations got more clarity on where intentional wellness focus was present and where it was absent, says Mike McDonald, consultant with Gallup.

"Losing the consistency of what we took for granted in our lives created deeper appreciation for our more broad needs of social, physical, financial, community and career aspects of wellbeing," said McDonald. "2020 specifically revealed how vital and necessary wellness is to individual and organizational resiliency, and sustained success." 

McDonald will share his insights on the current state workplace wellbeing during his keynote address at the 2021 Healthiest State Annual Conference: Keeping Iowa's Workforce Mission Ready on April 29. He will help organizations think about how they can expand their structures that typically focus on and deliver “wellness” to support overall “wellbeing."

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"In too many cases, workplace wellness is something that associates focus on 'in the margins' or something we pay attention to, when we have all of our 'important' work done," said McDonald. "We need to optimize human potential and purpose beyond a better job and moreso on through a better life."

Unfortunately, less than 50 percent of the U.S. workforce strongly believes that their organization cares about their overall wellbeing and the percentage of Americans "thriving" in their overall wellness has dropped to it's lowest point since the recession of 2009. 

McDonald plans to share strategies – proven through his work with clients at Gallup – that workplaces can use to better motivate wellbeing for their employees as well as takeaways for individuals who want to take more ownership of their own wellbeing. 

McDonald's virtual presentation "Redefining 'Wellness': The World, Our Workplace, My Wellbeing" will be the opening event of the 2021 Healthiest State Annual Conference. You can view a full agenda and register to attend here.


mikeMike McDonald, Senior Workplace Consultant and Learning Business Partner, works with Gallup clients to create learning strategies and initiatives that produce high levels of employee engagement and well-being. Mike helps his clients — from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies in the healthcare, hospitality and financial sectors — achieve high performance through Gallup’s learning solutions.

Currently, Mike also serves as a Performance Lead for Gallup learning consultants. For more than 25 years, he has used measurement, recognition, and forecasting to align engagement strategies and increase performance for his Gallup teams. Connect with Mike on LinkedIn here.

Mike received his bachelor’s degree in journalism, master’s degree in human resource development and doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.