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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.

  • 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.

  • Finding Your Most Productive Time to Work

    If the standard 9am to 5pm work hour schedule doesn’t work for you and leaves your work productivity in dire need for a boost, what do you do? You are not alone, there is an increased number of employees  reporting back that despite their best efforts and boosted caffeine intake, they find themselves hitting a productivity slump during the workday. Telkee key cabinets did some research and here’s a few ideas to help you get through it.

    Finding the most productive work schedule isn’t that hard to do - it just requires you to pay close attention to your habits. This will help you identify if you work better at night or during the day, which you can than amend your work hours to reflect  if you work from home or have a flexible work arrangement.

    If you find that getting through your workload is a hard task and you invariably have a lot left over at the end of the week, it most probably means that you aren’t managing your time efficiently. Use a time tracking software to list out how you spend your time daily. At the end of the week, you’ll be able to identify some of the obstacles that are affecting your time management negatively. Here are just a few possibilities -

     

    • -Failing to set priorities

    • -Not enough planning

    • -Distractions - social media, the phone ringing etc

    • -Procrastinating

    • -Multitasking

    After you identify your obstacles, it’s important to take a look at your tasks on a weekly or daily basis and setup a schedule where you work on important tasks during the first half of your work hours when you have the most energy and then move onto daily, easy tasks during the rest of your day to maximise your productivity.

    Also split your day into chunks where you allow yourself 10-15 minute breaks where you can check emails, phone and give into any distractions that come along before moving onto your next task. Research has proven that this simple practice can result in a surprising boost to your work productivity.

    Once you’ve found a schedule that works well, you should move onto adopting new habits that will help you stay efficient. Keeping your work area clean and clutter-free is an important item to add to your to-do list. An organised workstation means you’ll be able to find what you need faster and will also result in less distractions which can bring down your work productivity.

    Check out Telkee lockable cabinets range in Australia for some great office key storage solutions and other cabinet solutions that will help keep you organised and productive!

  • 3 Common Myths About Time Management

    To be highly productive at what you do, managing your time well is important. You need to be able to focus on core tasks and manage distractions to ensure you’re on the right path to achieving your goals. There are several common myths when it comes to time management that can affect your productivity negatively and lead to time wastage - Telkee Key Cabinets is debunking three of them for you today!

    Telkee Lockable Key Cabinets - Time Management

    Myth 1: To-Do Lists Help You Effectively Manage Your Time

    Just listing your tasks down can actually be counterproductive to effective time management, however to-do lists can be great tools depending on how you structure your list and work through it. Aim to prioritise the tasks you have to complete for the day or week and itemise the tasks that are the most important first, then work your way through the list.

    For to-do lists to be effective we need to use them as more than just lists of “stuff” you want to do and instead use it as a tool to sort, prioritise and control tasks that you need to do.

    Myth 2: You Work Best Under Pressure

    While this is commonly mistaken as a positive attribute, it really isn’t. It does sound great, that some of your best work is achieved when you’re working on a tight deadline, but most often working best under pressure can be translated to mean you’re  a procrastinator who puts everything off until crunch time.

    It is highly unlikely that someone’s “best work” is produced at the last minute, instead it just means that poor work habits may in fact mean that the individual works faster under stress. It is important to be able to hone your organisation skills to appropriately plan and schedule critical tasks, so that the quality of work is more superior and it is achieved in a less stressful manner.

    Myth 3: Delegation is More Trouble Than it’s Worth

    Not delegating means that you’re limiting your achievements to what you can get done by yourself. By delegating effectively you expand your horizons to multiply your effectiveness and improve productivity. Delegating to other employees  will strengthen the capabilities of the individual performing the task and also build morale, while  freeing up time in your schedule to focus on more important management tasks and other core tasks.

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