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4 More Things You Need to Stop Doing With Your ID Badges

Posted by Dan Ryan on Apr 19, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Back in December, we published a post on this blog titled "4 Things You Need to Stop Doing With Your ID Badges."

That post talked about several weird things we had seen and heard of people doing with their ID cards or employee badges, including scraping their car windshields and propping open doors.

And while we applauded the innovative and outside-the-box thinking that led to these interesting use cases, we stressed that while ID badges are versatile, their use should be limited to identifying people, granting access, processing payments or similar functions.

What we didn't expect was to hear from a variety of people who not only liked the post, but reported more odd ways that they had seen ID badges being used.

We discovered that there were people in offices and at job sites of all kinds using their ID badges for a variety of unorthodox purposes, and decided that these new uses deserved some time in the spotlight as well.

What do a box, a piece of cake and a sticker have in common?

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Topics: card tips, ID cards, employee badges, employee ID cards, custom id badges

Would You Wear an ID Badge That Records Your Conversations?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Mar 15, 2017 1:00:00 PM

In today's fast-paced business world, every organization is looking for a leg up on the competition.

Whether it's through optimizing processes or investing in emerging industries, the modern organization never stops looking for ways to get ahead.

One way organizations look to improve is by becoming more efficient.

This drive toward efficiency comes in many forms, like combining multiple departments that perform the same function into a single unit or selling off underperforming businesses to focus on more productive arenas.

The most obvious way to increase the efficiency of an organization is to increase the efficiency of the people performing the job functions: the employees. 

Increasing employee efficiency is a common goal at organizations of all kinds.

Business leaders want employees to be more efficient because it helps them run a leaner operation. Employees want to be more efficient to improve at their jobs and advance in their careers.

One company is taking an interesting approach to the idea of increasing employee efficiency: using of piles of data and analytical thinking.

That data, however, comes at a price.

Taking "smart badges" to a whole new level

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Topics: smart cards, employee badges, employee ID cards, office tips

3 Signs It's Time to Get New Employee Badges

Posted by Dan Ryan on Feb 24, 2017 1:00:00 PM

At some point in its long, illustrious life, after thousands of swipes or hundreds of scans, an employee badge will need to be replaced.

No matter how well it's protected or how careful the wearer has been, no badge can last forever.

Organizations frequently try to put off re-badging their employees, coming up with a variety of different excuses:

  • "Oh, it's good enough."
  • "It's not in the budget right now."
  • "I already know you, who cares if your name is illegible?"

It's hard to fault organizations for trying to save money by putting off a re-badging program.

After all, issuing new employee badges can be a large expense, and is definitely one that an organization needs to plan for when budgeting.

However, it's also essential to security to not postpone a re-badging program indefinitely.

The longer an organization waits to re-badge employees, the more likely that organization is to encounter some kind of security breach.

So...how long is long enough?

How much mileage can you squeeze out of those ol' badges before it's time to upgrade?

While it's best (and easiest on the poor finance person who's trying to do your budget) to issue new employee badges at regular intervals, here are three signs that your re-badging program can't wait any longer.

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Topics: card tips, ID cards, employee badges, employee ID cards, custom id badges

3 Ideas For Fun, Creative Employee ID Badges

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jan 27, 2017 4:00:00 PM

Let's be honest: ID cards aren't exactly the most exciting things around.

It's OK to admit it. We're not offended. We know that most of the world doesn't share our ID-loving views. Not everyone geeks out over the subtle differences between CR-79 and CR80 cards, or knows the precise dimensions of a government-sized credential.

ID cards aren't meant to be thrilling or entertaining. They're meant to do a simple job, and to do it without much fanfare.

ID cards are kind of meant to be...well, boring.

But they don't have to be!

If you're looking to do something different with your ID badging program at your office, school or factory, there are several things you can try to take your ID badges from bland to grand.

Whether you're a small office with a handful of employees or a larger group just looking to add some levity to the work day, these ideas will make your ID cards stand out from the crowd and put a smile on the face of coworkers at the same time.

Make your cards more than an afterthought

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Topics: ID cards, employee badges, employee ID cards, id card tips, office tips

4 Ways to Help Your Employees Remember Their ID Badges

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jan 13, 2017 11:00:00 AM

It's happened to all of us.

You're walking up the stairs at work in the morning, ready to start the day. You might still be half asleep, but you've got your coffee, your lunch bag and you're ready to start the day.

You get to the front door and reach for your employee badge...

"Uh oh."

Then come the familiar steps:

  • Check the other pocket? Nope.
  • What about your back pocket? Nada.
  • Is it in your backpack? No dice.
  • Maybe the car? You took the train today.
  • Did I drop it on the stairs? No.
  • Maybe it's in my shoe? Now you're being ridiculous.

It settles in: you forgot your ID badge!

Don't worry. Everyone forgets. Happens to the best of us.

However, when it comes to ID badges at the workplace, forgetting a badge can cause a variety of problems, both for employees and the employer.

From having someone stuck outside until a fellow employee arrives to the employer having to deal with the potential security issues of an unidentified person walking around the facility, the "I forgot" headaches start to add up.

The easiest solution, obviously, is to help employees stop forgetting their badges. Easier said than done, right?

However, there are steps you can take to help employees remember their credentials, from specific card-carrying accessories to some good, ol' fashioned embarrassment.

Functionality, cell phones and embarrassment: what do they have in common?

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Topics: card tips, ID cards, cell phone wallet, employee badges, employee ID cards, office tips

How to Take a Great Employee ID Photo

Posted by Dan Ryan on Dec 16, 2016 12:00:00 PM

It's the most important aspect of any student ID card, employee badge or other ID credential, yet it's the aspect that gives organizations the most trouble: the photo!

On the surface, taking a photo seems like it should be easy: just point the camera at the subject, press the button, put the file on a computer, crop it to fit and voilà — an ID photo!

However, anyone who has ever tried to take an employee ID photo knows that's never how it works.

There's always something that comes up:

  • "Why do I look like a ghost?!?"
  • "What's with all the shadows?"
  • "Ugh, I have red eye!"

It's OK to admit it: taking a good employee ID photo is hard. 

However, there are a few tips and tricks you can use to drastically cut down on the number of re-shoots you need to do, making those days of "selfie" photo ID badges a distant memory.

You don't need to be a pro to get professional-quality shots

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Topics: card tips, ID cards, ID card design, employee badges, employee ID cards

4 Things You Need to Stop Doing With Your ID Badges

Posted by Dan Ryan on Dec 9, 2016 4:00:00 PM

ID cards are pretty versatile, able to be used for a variety of different things.

An ID card can...

  • open a door.
  • pay for your lunch.
  • record your attendance at work.
  • log you into your work computer.

Yes, the tasks an ID card can accomplish (especially a smart card or a proximity card) go far beyond what you'd expect from a small rectangle of plastic or synthetic paper.

However, that doesn't mean an ID card can do it all.

Admit it: you've used your ID card, especially your employee badge, for non-ID purposes. We know your card didn't get that crack or those frayed edges from being worn on a badge reel all of the time.

We've all been there: we need a quick tool to perform a simple task. And when you're at work, your employee badge is right there at all times. It's tempting to reach for it...

But you have to resist! Using your ID badge for the tasks below may seem like a quick, easy solution, but it'll ultimately shorten the lifespan of your credential and cost your employer money down the line.

Put your hands up and step away from the ID badge...

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Topics: card tips, ID cards, employee badges, laminated ID cards, employee ID cards

The Blueprint for the Perfect Employee Badge [Infographic]

Posted by Dan Ryan on Nov 8, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Creating a great employee badge for your organization can be tricky. 

You want something professional, but not too expensive; something that looks cool, but won't be too hard to personalize and issue.

Basically, you want it all.

Fortunately, creating an awesome ID badge for your employees isn't as confusing as it may seem.

Today, ID cards can be completely personalized, from the inside out. You can add everything from custom ID card security features to pre-programmed chips that allow the cards to open doors, make payments and more.

When creating these ID cards, however, there are a few important steps you should follow if you want to get the most out of your new credentials.

We call these steps a "blueprint" to creating the perfect employee badge, and put the steps into a handy infographic for you to download and view before your next big badging operation.

Get your free infographic and create the best ID cards possible

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Topics: card tips, ID cards, employee badges, infographics, employee ID cards

3 Ways to Do More with Your Employee Badges

Posted by Dan Ryan on Sep 9, 2016 3:00:00 PM

The majority of today's workplaces require employees to carry some form of identification card. These employee badges are often pretty standard: a name, a photo, a title, maybe a company logo.

There's a reason why such a format is so popular: it works.

Simplicity is king in many cases, with organizations settling for the basics because they're not aware of the other options out there.

However, if you're settling for a basic ID card for your employees, you're missing out on an opportunity to make your ID program even more powerful.

ID cards all perform one key function: they verify the identity of the wearer. However, you can also use your ID credentials to perform a variety of other tasks.

By simply changing the kind of card stock you use and adding some equipment, you can take your ID card program from "ID only" to "wow, this card does a lot!"

In doing so, you can make life easier on your employees, offer a better way to track attendance and more, taking your ID program to another level.

Keep the ID, but do more with it

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Topics: proximity cards, smart cards, ID cards, employee attendance, employee badges, employee ID cards, smart credentials

How to Quickly Add Security to Your ID Cards with Holographic Overlays

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 16, 2016 10:30:00 AM

When it comes to ID card security, many people take a pretty casual stance.

"Eh," they think. "It's not like I'm creating some top-secret government card or something. Why do I need security?"

While it's true that some industries require more security than others, any organization issuing ID credentials should take steps to protect those cards against counterfeiting.

The risks of not protecting certain kinds of credentials, like the aforementioned government cards, drivers' licenses, passports and bank cards, are pretty obvious: allowing those credentials to be counterfeited would be opening the door (literally) to some huge security risks.

However, even smaller, less strict organizations should be considering the harm that can come from a counterfeit credential:

  • If you're a small food market that issues loyalty cards to your best customers, how would they feel if anyone could duplicate the card and get the same discount?
  • If you're a high school that issues credentials that give students free entry to a local museum, what happens to your school's reputation if a non-student duplicates the card to get free entry, then causes trouble?
  • If you're a mid-sized organization that issues standard employee badges, how safe will your employees feel knowing anyone could copy their credentials?

From security, peace-of-mind and insurance perspectives, it makes sense to create secure ID cards. 

But if you're an organization that has already issued dozens of credentials, what are you supposed to do? Bite the bullet and reissue new cards to all employees?

Nope!

You can use a holographic overlay, a product that provides anti-counterfeiting measures without having to issue new credentials.

Holographic overlays offer effective, visual ID card security

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Topics: card tips, ID cards, card security, government ID cards, student id cards, employee badges, holographic overlays

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