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Key Security That Sticks: 5 Helpful Habits to Hone

How much do your personal work habits affect the security of the keys you handle? More than you think. Simply leaving a key on your desk while you make a quick coffee run can lead to a disastrous security breach. Everyone has a role to play in security — and that includes key control. Implementing an electronic key management system is an important step, but forming good habits for using that technology is imperative. By building simple, actionable habits into your routine, you’ll enhance your individual contribution to your organization’s security.

How Do You Make Key Control Habits Stick?

Like most people, you probably have the best intentions when implementing a new habit, but how do you make it stick? When it comes to incorporating good key control habits into your routine, the following tips can set the right foundation:

Know What Motivates You

Knowing your personality and motivations is a helpful tool in building new habits. For example:

  • Are you a conscientious person who values being a good employee? Remind yourself how following key control protocol reflects your commitment to being a dependable, trustworthy team member.

  • Do you thrive on teamwork and collaboration? Consider how removing only the keys you need promotes cooperation by ensuring keys are readily available for your colleagues.

  • Does competition fuel your drive? Set personal records for yourself, like reducing overdue key instances. Challenge yourself to consistently outperform your own metrics.

Whether it's a commitment to professionalism, a dedication to teamwork, or the thrill of competition, leveraging your motivations can help you build long-term habits.

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Be Persistent

You might have heard that it takes 21 days to form a habit. But the truth is there is no magic number. The key is to keep repeating the desired behavior until it sticks. If you forget to return a key return or overlook an alert, view it as an opportunity to learn and adjust. With consistent effort, each repetition brings you closer to a lasting behavior change.

The more you incorporate effective key control habits into your daily routine, the more instinctive they’ll become. By prioritizing these habits, you're not just following protocols — you're doing your part to create a more secure and resilient organization.

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