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  • Happier Employees Work Harder - True or False?

     

    Happy Employees Are More Productive

    While a lot of business owners say they’re focused on keeping their employees happy, the truth of the matter is that they are more concerned about getting larger profits. What they don’t realise is that recent research has proven that keeping your employees happy results in them working more effectively, creatively and collaboratively resulting in an increase in productivity which in turn leads to bigger profits for the company. While conventional wisdom believes that paying your employees well will keep them happy, there are in fact several other components involved.

    Allow Flexible Working Hours

    More than the flexibility the employee receives which allows them to balance both the demands of their work and personal life, the trust from their employer that they will get what needs to be done within the required time frame is the key reason this works to increase employee satisfaction.

    By allowing employees the freedom of creating their own working hours, you are allowing them to balance work and personal life while minimising stress. This is a sure way to increase happiness and minimise burnout.

    Encourage Employees to Take Breaks

    If Richard Branson has recognised the importance of this,so should we! Encourage employees to take regular breaks at work where they can have some downtime, connect with colleagues and be inspired - most fantastic ideas for work tend to pop up when you aren’t working!

    Research showed that most employees feel guilty to take breaks while at work which results in sitting at their desks for longer, but decreases their productivity and can lead to burnout. Encourage employees to take regular breaks by keeping a lounge area well equipped with free snacks and drinks, gaming consoles or a pool table along with comfy chairs and some light reading material.

    Make Meetings More Effective

    Most employees view meetings as inefficient and a waste of time. While there are a plenty of meetings that occur, a general consensus is that not much of the tasks discussed at a meeting are actually carried out.

    Instead of having meetings just for the sake of it, make your meetings structured and actionable with a clear plan. At the end of the meeting, an email should be sent out to all those that attended with a summary of the items discussed at the meeting, along with the tasks and who is responsible for each one, along with the deadlines.

  • Getting Yourself Organised When Using Secure Key Cabinets

    Running an office is not easy, but if you are part of administration responsible for tasks, proper management and organisation goes a long way in ensuring that things do not go wrong, or missing. Secure key cabinets are the perfect solution for your key management requirement, whether you opt for a wall mounted option, or a filing cabinet addition, you need to be on top of things to ensure that they are utilised to the maximum potential and your administration requirements and needs are met.

    The first step in making sure that your keys are stored securely is to acquire or purchase a key cabinet with the right tools. That is with hooks for hanging the keys, a numbering system or slots to add them and preferably some form of expansion capability in case you feel there will be a requirement for it in the future. Making sure that they are secure comes with the locking mechanism, and these can be anything from a key entry to a key-less entry.

    Depending on your requirement and the number of personnel that are responsible for it, you will have to make this decision based on that criteria. Based on the type of office you run, that is, real estate, vehicle yards, government office,apartment complex, and so forth, the need for secure key cabinets may differ. However, one thing remains, and that is, you need to figure out an easy way to get to your keys.

    Therefore, start numbering the keys that you have in hand by using stamped, printed, or blank key tags and attaching the relevant key to the corresponding key tag. You can then use either printed or blank perforated sheets to number the hooks in your secure key cabinet up to the number you have used while numbering the key tags. Once that is done, one stage of key management process is complete.

    The next step would be to ensure that when you need to find a key quickly, you have all the information readily available and this is done via the use of index cards, books, or logs. These can be numbered alphabetically or numerically depending on your preference and requirement. This will help you find your keys easier, and save time. Furthermore, you could also put to use signature strips so that the responsible person can quickly find out why a key is missing from the secure key cabinet, and to know the person accountable for dispatching the key.

    You can organise your key cabinet better with these ways. Make sure to also purchase the right accessories or ensure that the accessories come in the package when you purchase a lockable key cabinet.

  • Why is Employee Engagement so Important?

    Employee engagement is when all members of your team are on board with the company’s goals and values, and are motivated to give their best to contribute towards the success of the company and their own personal goals. We can’t stress enough on how crucial this is for higher business profits and reducing employee turnover. After a bit of research, the Telkee Key Cabinets team have compiled some key tips leaders should keep in mind to increase employee engagement in an organisation

    Brand Awareness

    Have your employees use your products to be completely engaged with the service of product you sell. For instance in the  case of Telkee key cabinets, our team members should try out our range of lockable key cabinets to understand the customer's situation and be able to provide better customer service. If a key cabinet setup manual is missing some information that is required when actually setting it up, this way an employee will pick up on it and the marketing collateral can be changed to include it.

    You’ll find that from using this approach, there will be a lot more than sifting through data to find empirical answers to engagement issues.

    Give and Receive Feedback Regularly

    Instead of waiting for that once a year performance review, we believe that shortening feedback loops is the answer to increasing employee engagement. According to research, 43% of highly engaged employees receive feedback at least once a year. While this is hard to accomplish when you have a large team, you can always keep this model in mind and aim to shorten the time frame as much as possible.

    Clear Communication of Organisation Goals

    How can you expect your employees to be on board with your business goals, if they don’t know what they are! Break the communication silence and maintain transparency at all times, to ensure all team members are working towards the same goal.

    Listen to Your Employees

    Many members of senior management want their employees to hear them, but are not willing to take the time to listen to what these team members have to say. It’s been said before, but maintain an “Open Door” policy where employees are free to discuss any concerns or feedback they have without fear of repercussion. You’ll be surprised at how this will help your company save money and time in some instances, as employees who are actually handling a process themselves will have great ideas on ways to streamline processes.

    Most importantly listen to what they have to say and act on it, there is nothing worse than having a good idea ignored!

  • Key Cabinets for Real Estate Agents - Save Money & Time

    Keeping things organised when you’re always on the move showing properties to potential customers can be extremely daunting. At Telkee Lockable Cabinets, we have a few office management solutions that will make keeping track of real estate documentation and keys a breeze.

    In the real estate industry, there are many listings in the market whether it’s for sale or rent, and as a real estate agent, you’ll need to be diligent of the safety of the properties your clients place in your hands. Whether it’s from the various files and papers to the keys, you need to stay on top of things with all important information being secured carefully. For instance with files, the place to store them would be with an alphabetically or numerically catalogued filing system in a piece of furniture that any office will have - a filing cabinet.

    At TelKee Lockable Cabinets, you have the convenient and affordable option of using existing filing cabinets to not only store documents and papers for your real estate business, but also organise and secure  keys to the properties in the same filing drawer as the documents. These key file suspension panels are equipped with key hooks and placement for labelling so that you can easily identify which key belongs to which hook.

    If you figure out a handy organisation system, it will be even more efficient, especially with the accessories provided by TelKee to make life a little easier around the office, such as with index cards, perforated key hook labels, printed and colour key tags, and much more. Isn’t that convenient?

    When it comes to secure key management, which is crucial in the real estate market, you can utilise a central location to store all keys in the likes of a TelKee lockable key cabinet.

    Depending on the size of your real estate agency, you can decide on the size, which you should purchase, ranging from small, and medium to large key management solutions. The great thing about these key cabinets is that you are able to expand on the capacity due to the availability of expansion panels for more keys to be stored.

    These key cabinets are secured either with a keyed or keyless entry system. Depending on your preference, you may chose the standard locking option available with the standard key cabinets for purchase at TelKee Lockable Cabinets or opt to upgrade to the likes of a mechanical keypad or any other locking mechanism available for choosing.

  • Adjustable Shelf Cabinets vs Pull Out Shelving for Offices

    Keeping your business organised at all times is a crucial part of being successful in today’s fast paced world. Depending on your industry, business size and office organisation style, there are plenty of different lockable cabinet storage systems to choose from. With most offices, floor space is a huge problem and most Telkee Key Cabinet customers are always on the lookout for office storage solutions that are not bulky, but lean, durable and easy to use. Here’s a quick look at why adjustable shelf cabinets meet the bill perfectly, compared to regular pull out shelving for offices.

    Telkee Adjustable Shelf Cabinets are Wall Mounted

    Adjustable shelf cabinets and all other Telkee lockable cabinets can be easily wall mounted to save floor space. Wasted space behind the cabinet is eliminated and floor space in front of it is maximised as well. Additionally, wall mounted cabinets can be set at a height that allows you to make use of the space beneath, perhaps by placing filing cabinets, shelving or a desk or table below. This is perfect for housing a small amount of equipment in a crowded mixed-use work space.

    Adjustable Shelf Cabinets are Durable

    The full length door hinge on adjustable shelf cabinets are ideal for daily use, while the castors on pull out shelving have been known to succumb to gradual wear and tear with daily use. Adjustable shelf cabinets also use an all steel construction which ensures your lockable cabinet solution will remain in perfect working condition over the years.

    Adjustable Shelf Cabinets are Ideal for General Storage

    Store a variety of different office valuables to keep them organised and secure at all times. Multi use cabinets are ideal for locking away medical supplies, first aid supplies, CD/Disc storage, OHS manuals, mobile phones and cameras, as well as other small safety equipment like safety googles etc.

    Telkee Adjustable Cabinet

  • 4 Management Tips to Boost Employee Productivity

    Ensuring good productivity and efficiency of your team is an important part of being a good manager and keeping your organisation running smoothly. An extremely tough task to accomplish at times, it  may lead you to enforce a lot of rules and restrictions, but this isn’t always the right way as controlling your employees in such a way can affect their morale and negatively impact their productivity. Here are a few quick and easy tips from the Telkee key cabinets to ensure your employees are happy,  which in turn will improve productivity and efficiency quickly.

    • Make your employees feel valued - This may seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be amazed at the number of managers who don’t pay enough attention to doing this. Ask for your employees input when fine tuning work processes or for strategic planning, but make sure to act on it. There’s nothing worse than asking for their opinion and then not acting on it.

    • Recognise hard work and don’t hold back praise - Research has shown that praise and recognition is often a more powerful motivator than money. Don’t be emotionally stingy and make sure to praise your employees and always provide employees with the opportunity to own projects and credit them when a job is well done.

    • Support your employees - Standing by your employees is not something they will forget in a hurry. It builds employee goodwill and loyalty, while improving your relationship with your employees.  Support can take a number of different forms from providing emotional support when employees are being unfairly criticised, flex support to help them manage their work-life balance better or even helping them get more organised by providing updated office storage solutions like lockable cabinets to keep things organised and easy to find.

    • Provide adequate and regular training - Instead of enforcing leadership training continuously for management, it’s important to also focus on regular training for employees as well to help them improve their skills and stay abreast of new technology.
  • What Makes You More Productive at Work?

    There are plenty of articles talking about the importance of being more productive at work, but there are very few that address simple ways to increase your productivity. We took on the challenge and have compiled some quick and easy ways to improve your productivity without having to change too much!

    Look at Tasks Differently!

    What does this mean? Quite simply, it means out with the negativity and in with the positive! Instead of looking at the negative in every situation, teach yourself to accept tasks and rise to the challenge with a positive mindset. Instead of worrying about stress and the number of tasks on your plate, identify the reason you’re stressed and spend a few minutes developing a plan of action to work through the tasks.

    Time Management is Key

    Figure out what time management method works for you! There are plenty of different methods that have become popular when it comes to effectively managing your time, but they don’t always work for everyone. Spend some time researching different methods like splitting your day into chunks etc and then try out a few. If you try something that you like but it doesn’t completely work for you, instead of throwing in the towel find ways to tweak it to make it more suitable for your situation.

    Turn on Some Good Tunes

    Did you know that listening to music while working and studying increases your productivity, creativity and memory retention! Turn on some of your favourite songs after hooking up high-quality speakers to your PC if you’re working from home or invest in good headset to avoid disturbing others. If you’re super organised, set up specific playlists for different kinds of work and concentration levels.

    Keep your Workspace Organised

    Here’s something we all tend to struggle with! Avoid a buildup of clutter by making cleaning up your desk at the end of the day, so that you have a clean desk to start work at the next morning. By keeping clutter at a minimum, your mind will be able to process thoughts and be more productive while also helping you find documents quickly with minimum time wasted.

  • The Top 3 Questions to Ask When Purchasing Key Cabinets

    With a wide variety of lockable key cabinets to choose from, finding the ideal key storage system for your company is no simple task. The easiest way to approach the procurement is to first spend some time assessing your unique need and then move onto  researching different storage cabinet vendors. Here are three questions to keep in mind, that will help you speed through the process.

    How many sets of keys do I need to store?

    The answer to this question has two parts…today and in the future.  This will help you identify the kind key storage capacity you require, which will help you filter your choices of key storage cabinets. It’s important to choose a key cabinet that is modular and capable of expanding as your business grows and the number of keys being stored increases.

    Telkee key cabinets are flexible in nature and can be easily expanded by adding on panels with key hooks. This makes our lockable cabinets are popular option in the Australian market as it does not require purchasing new cabinets and they can be added to your existing Telkee key storage system.

    Are most of your keys 1-2 regular “house size” keys?

    The capacity of each cabinet is based on 1-2 regular house size keys per hook.  In many situations, like car yards or property management the set of keys has either oversized keys and remotes or have a large bunch of keys on a hook.  In this situation, the capacity of the key cabinet and each panel will be reduced by ½ of the standard capacity, sometimes even more.  For example, if you have lots of bunches of keys, you will not be able to fill the cabinet with the maximum number of panels and still get the door to close.  With oversize keys, you may need to use every other hook or every other row, further reducing the capacity of the cabinet in this instance.  If you are not sure what cabinet is right for you, give us a call and we can help.

    Who needs to access my key cabinet?

    The answer to this question will help you choose the right locking mechanism for your key safes. For instance, if the key storage system is for car rental company it’s important to choose keyless entry with a combination lock, along with a manager override key. Telkee lockable key cabinets can be upgraded to include  a mechanical keypad which allows sales staff to access keys during the day using just a combination, but at night the key safe can be secured by a manager using a standard cam key lock.

    Check out the different key cabinet lock upgrades available at Telkee key cabinets by visiting our website.

  • Quick Tips for Setting up a Workstation at Home

    Whether you run a business out of your home or you work for an organisation that offers flex hours with working from home as an option, setting up a designated workstation is important! When setting up a home office there are three areas you should take into consideration to ensure it is seamlessly integrated into your home.

    Ensure Proper Circulation

    Your work from home station should be positioned in an area that does not affect the movement of other residents and is away from the hustle and bustle of the house activity. Thebest area to set it up would be in locations that are least used by the other occupants such as under the stairs, right beside the foyer if the house has one, or old cabinets can be redone to form part of the furniture of the homework station.

    Special Consideration

    If the workstation juts out of a preferred wall, it definitely reduces the effectiveness of an area, so aim to keep it contained to a specific area of your house. It must be adequate in size. If the homework station extends beyond a preferred wall or space, it loses its value because it will disrupt the effectiveness of the area. When choosing your furniture as well, make sure the lockable cabinets, storage shelves etc all fit neatly within the area to prevent having to move around a lot, which will improve work productivity.

    Choosing the Right Fixtures

    Your workstation will need to have a table and matching chair, multi-use cabinet for storage, magnetic whiteboard along with a key cabinet if you deal with numerous keys. Make sure you take the size of your office into consideration when making these purchases as leaving things jutting out, will make things messy and affect the flow of the rest of the house too.

  • 4 Tips for Organising your Workspace

    Staying organised can be tough, especially if you’ve got a lot of things that lend themselves well to creating clutter. Hiding things away in desk drawers and boxes may seem like an easy office storage solution, however this does not fix the problem in the long term as chances are you won’t be able to find important resources when you require them. Here are some of the Telkee key cabinet team’s favourite go-to organisation tips to ensure you’ll not only have a clutter free workspace, but also be able to find your important resources in seconds.

    Tip 1 : Trash all outdated paperwork and resources

    This is obvious enough, but designate some time to declutter your workspace monthly. Most of the items you are keeping have no further use. Don’t be a packrat when it comes to papers, trinkets, and more. “When in doubt, throw it out.” Throw out any old documents, keys, files etc that are not required. Don’t rush this step incase you throw out required information accidentally, instead try rooting through drawers one at a time.

    Tip 2 : Categorise all resources clearly

    Categorise everything you’ll be keeping with folders or other related storage solutions. For instance if your business requires a lot of keys, instead of leaving them lying around invest in a good quality lockable key cabinet that comes complete with numbered hooks. Use numbered printed  key tags to file your keys accordingly on each related hook in the key rack and always make sure to place them in their correct place for easy access. With this simple tip you know you’ll be keeping your valuable resources safe and reduce the risk of theft and loss.

    Don’t forget to use obvious names or a numbering system when organising your resources. A folder named “Meeting October” is less obvious than “Meeting Oct.16 Sales” when you need to find a document in a hurry and will be so much easier than having to go through mountains of folders.

    Tip 3: Have a designated clean up time everyday

    Schedule 15 minutes of cleanup time each day. Perhaps, first thing when you come in. Or if you are really disciplined, before heading home. Put it right on your calendar so that you allocate time for it.

    Tip 4: Enlarge your workspace

    If you really have too much important stuff that just won’t fit on your desk, the next solution would be to enlarge your workspace with some adjustable shelf cabinets that are great for some extra storage that is still secure and organised.

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