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What Industries Require a Name Badge?

Clyde ID Card

This isn’t an entirely straightforward question to answer – as different companies even within the same industry will have their own standards and requirements and, therefore, will have different stances when it comes to name badges. As a general rule, however, industries with lots of customer-facing roles tend to make staff badges a requirement, if not necessarily for everyone within the company. Here are a few examples of sectors where these badges are especially often mandatory.

 

Retail

There are likely particular shops that you visit pretty regularly, perhaps even daily or at least weekly. Now, if, upon visiting these places, you often see the same members of staff and they are all sporting name badges, you will already know how convenient those badges are for helping you to get to know those workers – particularly, and obviously, by name.

It can be especially common to see retail cashiers wearing these name badges, which makes sense. After all, they are probably the store’s employees that you need to speak to most frequently, and so it can be nice for you to easily familiarise yourself with their names.

 

Hospitality

The hospitality industry covers many different fields – including lodging, airlines and eateries, all of which include institutions that might make staff badges a requirement. We have previously mentioned how flight attendants can help put many people at ease on planes with the help of name badges – while, at many restaurants, these badges could also be worn by waiters, who customers could perceive as friendlier as a result, and waiter’s assistants charged with clearing and setting tables, assisting waiting staff, and more.

In a hotel, too, you could find such badges warn by the receptionist behind the front desk and the caretaker whose job is helping to prepare rooms for the next occupants. At bed and breakfast accommodation, such badges can make it easier for the guests to get to know staff. Fritz Gubler, President of the hospitality advice portal eHotelier, has drawn attention to the popular belief that hotel staff should wear name badges, as this can assist in – to cite just a few examples – quality and standards control, safety and security, brand recognition and emergency management.

 

Healthcare

It’d be an understatement to say that a doctor’s surgery or hospital is a place where you want to feel safe and reassured! A doctor, nurse or medical assistant can wear friendly-looking badges to more easily keep their patients feeling comfortable. These badges also bring a greater feel of security and professionalism to the premises, and this effect obviously further helps to keep the patient as relaxed as possible.

 

Catering

A large hospital can also have a large number of catering staff – and, indeed, many catering staff members in general, not just those who work in hospitals, can also be required to wear identification badges. These include people who cater for restaurants, schools and other outlets that serve food. Thankfully, for these people and many others who require name badges for their work, we offer easily personalised badges here at Imagin Products.

How card has taken over paying by cash

credit cards

The recent news that for the first time ever, card and automated payments have now overtaken cash transactions – with the Payments Council stating that non-cash payments amounted to ‘only’ 48% of transactions by consumers, businesses and financial organisations last year – got us thinking here at Imagin Badges about how profoundly the card has altered how we pay for goods.

The credit or debit card didn’t always account for such a huge proportion of transactions, the 19.8 billion non-cash payments that were made last year just shading the 18.3 billion cash payments over the same period. Indeed, back in the 1880s, the idea of using a card to make purchases was only just entering the popular imagination, the concept being described by Edward Bellamy in his utopian novel, Looking Backward – in which the term “credit card” was used 11 times.

It was at around this time that UK customers were first being given the opportunity to use credit vouchers, as introduced by Provident Clothing Group. The idea was that customers could use the vouchers in shops that appeared on an approved list, with payment being made to a Provident Clothing rep who visited the customer’s home.

But the really serious developments leading up to today’s debit and credit cards had to wait until the early part of the following century. In 1914, Western Union began to issue metal cards to customers in the US, providing preferred customers with free deferred payment privileges. By 1950, Diners Club was targeting American diners with its plastic payments cards, the initial 200-strong membership ballooning to a staggering 20,000 people before the year was out.

It helped to kick-start a love affair with the plastic payment card that soon crossed over to Blighty, the UK’s first charge card being introduced by Finders Services, which was founded by Donald McCullough following a trip to the US. The payment card became an ever-more prominent fact of British life in the years after that, Barclays issuing the UK’s first credit card in 1966, and the first cash machine in the world being installed the following year at an Enfield, Middlesex branch of Barclays Bank.

Barclays was also the first bank to introduce a debit card in the UK, in 1987, and by 1994, half of all UK adults held a debit card. More recent developments – such as contactless technology, first seeing use for card transactions in the UK in 2007 – have only further cemented payment cards of all kinds in the national psyche, to such an extent that it seems no surprise these days that card and automated payments could actually exceed cash payments over a year.

Today, payment cards are as standard a means of ID as our own pin-on badges here at Imagin Badges – and it’s incredible to think of the journey that they have taken from such modest beginnings.

Why your business should invest in personalised badges

name badges

It’s easy to presume that personalised badges in your company’s workplace would be a bit of a luxury, or even downright unnecessary. After all, everyone knows everyone else in your firm before too long, right? And why would a customer need to know your employee’s name, when they are merely being served? Aren’t there more important things to spend money on?

Actually, if you take a bit more time to think about it, you’ll realise just how imperative an investment personalised badges can really be. Sometimes, the advantages can be subtle and difficult to quantify – but nonetheless, they’re definitely there. Just consider the last time you were in a restaurant or hotel, and how much more confident you were to speak to an important staff member when they were wearing a professional-looking name badge.

However, staff badges aren’t just for your company’s customers – they also benefit your employees. Whether your workers already wear highly formal uniforms or just white polo shirts and jeans for the office, presentable pin-on badges can complete the look nicely. They also serve the practical purpose of helping workers to remember their colleagues’ names, whether they have only just begun working for you and are therefore still trying to put names to faces, or work unusual shifts or work in a large company where the typical week involves meetings with a wide range of people.

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Security is another, somewhat underrated reason for investing in pin-on badges. Think of all of the people who could potentially wander into your office throughout the day if you simply leave the door open. That person who turns up at 7pm when almost everyone else has gone home, claiming to be the cleaner, could just be the person who steals your office computer, tablet or hard drive, packed with potentially sensitive and important information about your firm and its suppliers.

By preparing some kind of professional and aesthetically consistent security ID for every member of staff to wear, you can therefore much more quickly identify trespassers. Pre-agreed visitors – such as prospective clients – could be issued with generic ‘guest’ badges to signal that their presence on your premises has been approved, thereby avoiding any awkward conversations.

Finally, you should never underestimate the value of personalised badges in the appropriate marketing of your company. Even if it’s merely a case of your workers being spotted off-premises looking smart and professional, those pin-on badges that you bought for ostensibly practical purposes can also play a not-inconsiderable part in portraying your company all the better to the wider world. After all, there really is no second chance to make a great first impression.

The retail industry’s reaction to the budget

George Osborne’s budget has received mixed reviews, especially from those working in the retail industry. The Chancellor’s changes include extending Sunday trading hours and introducing the Living Wage, two proposals which will dramatically change the way that retailers currently operate. Now that the dust has settled after the announcement, Imagin Badges look at how the industry reaction and what these changes mean to retailers across the country.

The new national living wage will mean that businesses will have to pay an estimated £4bn to meet the standards set out in the budget. As two thirds of workers currently earning minimum wage work within the retail and hospitality sectors, it is expected that many companies will struggle to meet these new regulations.

A spokesman from the Association of Convenience Store stated that; “The introduction of a compulsory Living Wage will have a devastating impact on thousands of convenience stores. This will lead to retailers having to reduce staff hours, work more hours in their business and ultimately cancel their investment plans. To introduce this measure with no consultation undermines the independent Low Pay Commission and is a reckless way to impose a massive burden on small businesses.”

It is expected that the move to a higher minimum wage will lead to many businesses having to recoup the loss through pricing strategies, however, there is still a risk of significant job losses as smaller stores struggle to cope.

Sunday Trading

Considering Sunday is the second biggest day of the retail week, it is no surprise that there are plans to extend the current Sunday trading hours. Many large stores have already opened earlier for dedicated browsing time on a Sunday, however the decision for all day trading will come down to local councils who must decide if it is beneficial to their communities.

There have been many opposing views of those that think that Sunday trading will be beneficial to retailers. Many people that spreading the customer spending patterns out further will be detrimental to retailers whilst the worry about staff life/work balance has also been brought up.

Do you think George Osborne got it right? Contact the Imagin Badges team with your thoughts today.

The holidays are coming…..

Xmas Holidays

The festive season is upon us, and we’ve had a busy old year at the badge factory so it’s time for us to take a break. We will be closed for 2 weeks – our last day of business is Friday 19th Dec and we will re-open on the 5th of Jan 2015. If you need to receive your name badges or photo ID cards in 2014, then get in touch now and we can deliver them before the holidays begin.

And thanks to all our customers who have supported us in 2014, we look forward to speaking to you in 2015!

Need to re-order your name badges or ID badges?

reordering name badges

We often get asked by our customers if we still have their name badge or photo ID badge design stored on our system, as they would like to order some more. When the badges have been used for trade shows or demonstrations, 2 or 3 years go by before a second or third order is placed, or it may just be a few days or weeks, as they have a new member of staff. Either way, we always store all the badge designs on our system indefinitely so they are always available for reprinting.

If you would like to re-order your badges you can just email the new names / photographs etc to us and we will be happy to process your new order. We can also supply the proof from the original badge order so you can check that you’re happy with the badge layout before we print your order.

So don’t be shy…. it doesn’t matter if we haven’t heard from you in a while, we are always happy to help. All our information is on the Contact Us page

It’s Bank Holiday at the Badge Factory

Holiday at the Badge Factory

There’s been that many bank holidays recently we’re definitely getting used to the 4 days weeks! However all good things must come to an end, and Monday 26th May is the last one for a quite a while. So this is just a little reminder to our customers that we are closed all day on Monday 26th May and there are no postal service either. If you need your badges in a rush, please get those orders over to us as soon as possible and we will pull out all the stops to get them to your door on time.

Happy holidays!

Welcome to our new website

new website coming

After months and months of hard work and persistence, our new website is finally here! We are really pleased with the result and we hope that you find everything you need – but if you’re stuck, don’t be frightened to contact us, we’re here to help 🙂