Eric Chester

The Expert on Finding, Engaging and Keeping Great Employees

Travels From: Denver, Colorado


  • Business
  • Change
  • Motivation
  • Personal Development


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.


On Fire at Work

How Great Companies Ignite Passion in Their People Without Burning Them Out

How do great companies attract top talent, encourage innovation, and instill a desire for excellence? That’s the question Eric Chester set out to answer.

By interviewing more than one hundred acclaimed C-level leaders across all industries, Eric discovered commonalities in how successful leaders create cultures of engagement. In this entertaining and content-rich multimedia presentation, he shares those discoveries with you.

You’ll discover the secrets and strategies that legendary companies use to:

  • Consistently attract top talent to their organizations with minimal recruiting
  • Engage employees so that they’re motivated to work harder, perform better, and provide outstanding service
  • Significantly reduce costly turnover and develop hourly young talent into long-term leaders
  • Create award-winning workplace cultures that generate priceless PR and brand awareness

Reviving Work Ethic

How to End Entitlement Mentality & Create an Environment of Achievement


The purpose of schools is to prepare students for success in the real world. Developing a healthy work ethic not only prepares young people to be better students, but also prepares them to be better employees, better leaders, and better citizens.

Developing work ethic in students isn’t optional. It’s a responsibility that should be shared by every individual employed by a school district—whether in the classroom, the cafeteria, the administration office, or the school bus.

Eric Chester is the leading authority on developing work ethic in teens and young adults. His presentation will illustrate why the work ethic in America has declined, and he’ll provide solid, actionable ideas and tools for instilling the pride of a job well done.


In this presentation, participants will:

  • Discover the 7 Indisputable Core Values that every employer demands from every worker, and every successful school develops within their students
  • Find out how to promote a classroom culture rooted in reliability, professionalism, initiative, integrity, and respect
  • Explore how to instill an attitude of gratitude among your student population and make them motivated learners

From Rookie to Superstar

Secrets of Getting Your Front Line to Perform Better, Work Harder & Stay Longer

In a perfect world, companies would be able to hire from a bottomless pool of engaged, enthusiastic, hard-working talent.

The reality, though, is that the emerging workforce is smart and techno-savvy… but they haven’t been taught how to succeed in the workplace.

Eric Chester is the leading authority on developing the post-Gen X workforce. In this entertaining presentation, he shares actionable ways to restore pride in a job well done, instill work ethic, and help young workers achieve their remarkable potential.

Key takeaways include:

  • Identifying the beliefs and behaviors the emerging workforce carries towards employment and work-life balance
  • How to instill, develop and reinforce the 7 Essential Work Ethic Values that business leaders see as “non-negotiables”
  • 7 proven strategies for increasing productivity and performance while decreasing costly absenteeism and turnover

How to Attract/Commit

How to Attract (and Keep) Young Workers to “Non-Sexy” Jobs

As a leader, employer or contractor in a skilled trade industry, you know that recruiting and developing the under-30 demographic can be a challenge. Many young people don’t consider skilled trades “sexy”—and that belief can hold them back from performing to their full potential.

In this high-energy and content-rich presentation, Eric Chester reveals today’s best practices for recruiting, training, managing, and motivating young workers. He integrates best practice examples from recruiters, HR professionals, and other knowledgeable industry leaders. Discover how to increase interest, build application flow, and develop an invincible workforce from the inside out!

Engaging the Disengaged

How Technical Education Can Prepare Students for Rewarding Careers

Eric Chester is a former high school CTE teacher/instructor and football coach turned motivational speaker for youth. Over the course of ten years, he helped millions of students at more than 1000 schools understand the significance of career goals and planning for success.

Since 2001, Eric has been presenting to employers who are feeling the effects of an emerging workforce that lacks the work ethic necessary to succeed. He knows their challenges, and he helps them recruit, train, manage, motivate and retain young workers. Eric is also the founder of the Center for Work Ethic Development , and is considered the leading authority on developing work ethic in teens and young adults.

Eric’s Engaging the Disengaged presentation provides solid, actionable ideas and tools for instilling the pride of a job well done. He shares key ideas educators can use to make their technical education programs more attractive to today’s students.


Fee ranges between:
$22,000 - $32,000