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Live from Austin: It's the Workforce Strategy Conference

Brian Marcotte addressing attendees at Workforce Strategy 2017.

NBGH President & CEO, Brian Marcotte addressed hundreds of large employers today in Austin, Texas for the nation’s premier event in employee health, productivity and well-being solutions—Workforce Strategy 2017.

The NBGH team and hundreds of employers have convened in Austin, Texas for the nation’s premier event in employee health, productivity and well-being solutions—Workforce Strategy 2017.

This year’s conference participants are passionate thought leaders, eager to share new ideas and best practices and learn from the line-up of esteemed speakers.

Day 1 started strong with a morning of employer-only benchmarking sessions on topics like global health initiatives, on-site coaching, financial well-being and resiliency.

Then Brian Marcotte, NBGH President and CEO, took the stage and stressed the need to rebalance our approach to health with a greater emphasis on prevention and holistic approaches to well-being that are impactful for individuals, businesses and the communities where we live and work.

​ “Well-being is a core component of an overall workforce strategy for an organization...It’s about trying to put forth the most competitive, engaged and healthy workforce possible.”

In the afternoon, conference participants continued to explore these connections. Sessions, such as Integrating Well-being into Aon’s Workforce Strategy, shared successful approaches to elevating well-being from a benefit to a leadership strategy and realizing desirable business outcomes.

“We were putting together an engagement initiative at the same time the wellbeing initiative was rolled from a corporate level – so it was the perfect framework for our ideas…We are pleased to say that our colleague engagement score continues to increase.”

During Giving the Gift of Time, a panel of employers representing three different sectors--hospitality, consulting and tech—discussed the changing workforce and the urgency to design leave programs that attract and retain the brightest talent.

This evening will end on a high note, as we unveil and celebrate the achievements of the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles winners. This year’s winners are not only leaders in the business world, they are leaders in our health and our future.

Congratulations BEHL winners and thank you for your vigilance to employees, their families and our communities!


A list of all BEHL winners will be available to view on Wednesday, September 27th.


The Workforce Strategy 2017 Conference runs through Thursday, September 28. Return to the blog throughout the week for more updates from Austin and if you are on Twitter, follow @NBGHevents for live updates and engage with conference participants using the hashtag #WorkforceStrategy17.