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7 Overall

7 Applicability

7 Innovation

6 Style


Oh, those tech-savvy, self-centered, entitled Millennials! The members of the newest workforce generation challenge managers with their unwillingness to make work their first priority. Eric Chester, an expert on this group – identified by the Pew Research Center as encompassing those born between 1981 and 2000 – goes through the reasons why Millennials in their 20s and 30s lack the strong work ethic of previous age sets. He offers an action plan to instill good work habits, behaviors and attitudes in members of the Millennial cohort, also called Generation Y. However, Chester doesn’t explore the flip side of the work ethic coin: Perhaps members of the emerging workforce are reluctant to make sacrifices for corporations that consider them expendable. He focuses on workplace remedies without analyzing the economic, social or political environment that college graduates face. Given his very practical approach, getAbstract recommends Chester’s guidance to leaders and managers who must understand their newest generation of employees so they can lead them and evoke the best performance from them.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why Millennials lack the doggedness and professionalism of previous generations,
  • What components add up to a strong work ethic, and
  • How leaders can instill a robust work ethic in younger employees.

About the Author

Eric Chester is a frequent public speaker and the founder and CEO of the “Bring Your A Game to Work” program.



The Game of Life
The Milton Bradley Company’s Game of Life board game shows how Americans have ranked the value of a strong work ethic over the decades. In the late 19th century, when Bradley created the game, players advanced by demonstrating the virtues of hard work, strong character...

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    Roger Slykhouse Jr 6 years ago
    Thought it was just OK. The review makes a good point, and perhaps set up my take on it as well. Seems to be geared toward fitting people into a predefined model, rather than considering why Millenials behave the way they do and addressing the other side of the equation: changing the workplace.

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