Meet Eric Chester
The Leading Voice on Employee Engagement & Workplace Culture

Eric Chester is a trusted source in the global dialogue on employee engagement, workplace culture, and the emerging generation. And he isn’t some Johnny-Come-Lately to this important conversation. Since 1986, Eric’s been in the trenches researching, studying, speaking and writing about these topics.

He was one of the first authors to spell out the radical differences of the post-Gen X workforce in his 2002 bestseller, Employing Generation Why: Understanding, Managing, and Motivating Your New Workforce. Companies discovered that Eric had cracked the code on the emerging generation and sought his advice on how to connect with young employees.

Eric became one of North America’s most in-demand conference keynote speakers, presenting at more than 60 meetings and conventions each year. That number increased when his follow-up book, Getting Them to Give a Damn: How to Get Your Front Line to Care About Your Bottom Line, was released in 2005.

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Hearing the outcry from America’s employers, Eric turned his attention to building a better workforce. He founded The Center for Work Ethic Development, and created a revolutionary curriculum to teach young adults vital employability skills. He wrote the breakthrough book for youth, Bring Your A Game to Work: The 7 Fundamental Values That Will Make Every Employer Want to Hire You and Fight to Keep You! Eric’s Bring Your A Game curriculum has since been expanded to include soft skills employability training for college students, returning military veterans and adults. It is taught in hundreds of schools, workforce centers, community colleges and trade schools.

In 2012, Eric released the acclaimed Reviving Work Ethic: A Leader’s Guide to Ending Entitlement and Restoring Pride in the Emerging Workforce. The first business book written on work ethic since 1904, it set the standard for employers needing ways to instill work ethic values.

Eric’s new book, On Fire at Work: How Great Companies Ignite Passion in Their People without Burning Them Out, released in October 2015, is on track towards being the best he’s ever written.

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As a speaker, Eric Chester holds the prestigious CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) credential awarded by the National Speakers Association. He is a 2004 inductee into the CPAE (Council of Peers Award of Excellence) International Professional Speakers Hall of Fame—an honor shared by less than 5% of all professional speakers in the world.

He is frequently interviewed by the national media (Good Morning America, ABC News 20/20, CNN, Forbes, HuffingtonPost, USA Today, MSNBC, Fox News, etc.) to provide insights on work ethic, employee engagement, and workforce development.

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