Think Positively. Yes, Even in This Economy With the economy in the state it's in, encouraging your employees to think positively may make you look foolish and insensitive. Yet, focusing your employees on what they can do rather than what they cannot do will lead to better attitudes and results. Here are three ways to promote positivity in your people: 1. Treat employees as contributors, not costs. Emphasize each employee's role in contributing to the business. The minute you start talking about people as costs, negativity will take over. 2. Never sugarcoat reality. Don't hold back information. Talk frankly with employees about the economic realities your company is facing, while you also explain what they can do to help. 3. Challenge your people. Slow economies provide time to reflect on and re-think your business. Ask your people to come up with ideas for improving processes, systems, and products.