Guest Blogger
I recently had the opportunity to give the closing keynote at the IBM Smarter Workforce Summit, an annual gathering of HR professionals and consultants. In my attempt to avoid the standard fare for this type of talk—long lectures and rousing motivational rants—I decided to issue a challenge.
After providing some research-based evidence to make the case for creating a positive work environment, I challenged attendees to spend every day over the next three weeks following these steps:
Set a positive tone. This sounds like a no-brainer. It’s not. Our lives can be so hectic that it is easy to launch into our day, and our meetings, focused on all that has gone wrong. The problem with this approach is that we are doing ourselves and our team members a disservice by potentially setting them up for failure.

See how to design an employee engagement survey with the Happy Employees = Healthy Profits video from IBM Kenexa.

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