The Reviving Work Ethic Special Edition includes a bonus chapter from Eric Chester's new book, On Fire at Work: How Great Companies Ignite Passion in Their People without Burning Them Out, which will be released in October.
Reviving Work Ethic is a guide for frustrated managers and leaders on how to instill a strong work ethic in the modern workforce. Work ethic in America is fast declining, plaguing young and old alike.
But in Reviving Work Ethic, renowned consultant, speaker and author Eric Chester shows that you do best to focus on your young employees - those whose habits and ideals can still be influenced. He presents an incisive look at the root of the entitlement mentality that afflicts many in the emerging workforce and shows you the specific actions you can take to give your employees a deep commitment to performing excellent work.
Chester's advice is crucial to a healthy bottom line: Too often, talented-but difficult-to-understand younger workers stand between your company and profits. If business owners, managers and executives are not connecting with employees and modeling the key components of work ethic, employees are likely not connecting effectively with customers leaving all kinds of money on the table.
Reviving Work Ethic is the culmination of years of research as well as presentations to more than 2 million youth.
On Fire at Work digs deep into the world's best workplaces to discover best practice strategies for getting employees to work harder, perform better, and show more loyalty. Featuring original stories and interviews with executives from famous companies like Marriott, Wegmans, 7-Eleven, Ben & Jerry's, Firehose Subs, and Build-A-Bear, renowned leadership expert Eric Chester's latest book offers revealing and surefire principles that any organization in any industry can use to cultivate the best version of their employees now.
In this leadership handbook, Chester (Getting Them to Give a Damn) takes the Generation Y workforce to task. Using the story of how a board game (Milton Bradley's The Game of Life) changed to meet the standards and ideals of each generation, he exposes the decline of our work ethic over the past century. As Chester writes: "There was a time when achievement meant more than possessions, and when character (a person's qualities) was valued more than achievement." According to Chester, pride in one's work is something that the current workforce sorely lacks. In separate chapters, Chester delineates seven qualities based on what he refers to as "Sandbox Values," with each chapter offering a section on how to instill these values in employees. However, as he makes clear, these issues are deeply rooted in cultural values and psychological realities, so by the time a personnel manager comes face-to-face with a prospective or current employee, the dynamic can be hard to control. While first and secondhand accounts give readers a glimpse into the employer's world, the book would have benefited from similar accounts from the employee's perspective.