GLOBAL EMPLOYEE EXPERIENCE LEADER
Ben Whitter is described as the World's "Mr Employee Experience" and works at the forefront of the employee experience movement. Ben's mission is to create organisations where people belong, find meaning, and co-create astonishing human achievements. Ben regularly advises and works with the World's leading organisations exclusively focusing on the employee experience. Ben is the Founder & CEO of the World Employee Experience Institute (WEEI)- an independent employee experience company.
Global Influencer & Thought Leadership
In 2017 and again in 2018, Ben was named as a top global influencer and expert within employee engagement alongside Simon Sinek, Jeff Weiner, Sir Richard Branson, and other global figures. Ben was also recognized as a top 30 HR influencer in the UK.
Ben is a leading writer, contributor, and commentator globally about the 'experience' of work. Ben's work has been featured by The Economist, Deloitte University Press, Forbes, CGTN, Thomson Reuters, Financial Times, HR Magazine, Hays Journal, GHR, Inside HR, MIT Sloan, HR Grapevine, People Matters, HRD Magazine, HRM Asia, LinkedIn, and many more publications. His work has also been translated into multiple languages across Europe and Asia.
Ben’s popular and respected HR and Employee Experience thought leadership has been endorsed by the World’s leading organisations and HR figures; in China, he has a readership of 100,000 and his article in MIT Sloan's China Business Review reached 13 million people. His globally acclaimed piece from 2015, Bye, Bye HR? based on employee experience, was the trending topic within the global business community; with over 1 million views his article was one of the most shared, cited and talked about HR contributions in the World; in total, he has inspired and influenced a global HR/business audience of over 16 million people through his work and progressive HR and employee experience advocacy.
Global Chair, Keynote, TEDx, and Conference Speaker
As part of an EX World Tour, Ben has spoken to thousands of colleagues across 15 countries in the last couple of years. Over 2016-18, Ben also chaired and co-designed Europe’s first Employee Experience conference, which brought together the World’s top organisations (Inc Airbnb, Google, Cisco, GSK, Adidas) to discuss, share, and learn about the future of work and HR. It was described by Sky as "the best HR event ever". Ben's world tour followed that up with the first employee experience conferences in Australia, Israel, and Asia, which Ben co-designed and opened as keynote; he also facilitated VIP panels and led EX masterclasses. In 2018 and 2019, Ben chaired the UK Employee Experience Awards. Ben has also delivered a TEDx talk.
In 2018, Ben was commissioned by SHRM, the World's biggest HR association, to run his signature, 'HR Breakathon' experience for 250 colleagues in Cleveland. It was one of the first EX development experiences for HR professionals to be officially recognized for SHRM professional development credits. Ben also set a new record in China with 2,300 HR Directors tuning into his employee experience webinar- the first of its kind broadcast 'live' on WeChat.
Multi-Awarding Winning and International Practitioner
Ben is truly global in his approach. His career has seen him work across cultures and challenging contexts. Uniquely, Ben spent 3 years in China developing his approach and vision for EX at the first and leading foreign-Sino University. In this Director role, the first of its kind, the University experienced double-digit improvements across its major engagement metrics and his wider EX research on multinational organisations was also highlighted as a case study by China Business Review and has been published and presented through major academic conferences and journals.
Ben's HR/OD work, in practice and theory, has been acclaimed at the highest levels; he is a winner of numerous local, regional and national awards including the prestigious 'best in the UK' Training Journal Award '12. Ben's approach has been backed publicly in UK Parliament by MP's and by the British Royal family; one of his HR projects received an official Royal visit in 2013.