Creative Name Badge Ideas

Add excitement to your workplace or event by spicing up dull name tags.
Add excitement to your workplace or event by spicing up dull name tags. (Image: Monkey Business Images Ltd/Valueline/Getty Images)

Employee name badges reveal names and job positions to coworkers, business clients and customers. Badges are also worn by conference, reunion or party attendees as a convenient way for people to introduce themselves. Decorate and add interest to name tags to present a more relaxed, comfortable atmosphere within the workplace or event. Just make sure names are easily legible from a fair distance away.

Decorating Contests

Have some fun and create some buzz around the office, conference or party by hosting a name badge decorating contest. Establish a theme, such as “Funniest Name Badge” or “Most Attractive Name Badge,” and give the winner a prize. Decorate with glue, glitter, paper cutouts, office supplies and other materials.

Engraved Nicknames

Laser engraved name tags add shine to a company uniform and appear more formal and official. Surprise your employees at a company Christmas party or meeting with engraved badges that lighten the mood a little. Engrave the tags with a clever nickname for each worker placed below the name, like “Nick Parker, Computer Guru” or “Sylvia Cane, Your Smiling Receptionist.”

Innovative Shapes

Design name badges with shapes other than the usual rectangle. This will attract the attention of customers and others more readily. Shapes should pertain to the business or function. A veterinarian’s office may use badges shaped like dogs and cats. An auto repair shop may use the shape of a car. Other tags may take the shape of the company logo.

Personal Interests

Images can be added to name tags to reveal more about a person’s personal interests or hobbies. This serves to “break the ice” during a conference filled with people who don’t know each other and leads to conversation. A sports lover might attach the Duke Blue Devils or Dallas Cowboys logo. Artists may jazz their tags up with painted artwork.

Old Pictures

Add pictures from younger times. Businesses can host a “Heyday” in the office when each worker displays a baby or teen photo of himself on his name tag. This adds a little excitement to a regular workday. High school reunion name tags can feature each person’s yearbook photo next to his name. This makes it easier to identify and remember one another.

Seasonal Recognition

Businesses can change employee name badges every so often to reflect the change of seasons and holidays. Customers may find this to be a refreshing change that makes the business seem more friendly and inviting. Add turkeys or pumpkins to tags for Thanksgiving, Santa or a snowman for the Christmas holidays, or a smiling sun during the summer heat.

Friendly Words

Create outgoing, friendly name tags to make employees appear more approachable and helpful. Like names, make these words large enough to see from a distance. Ideas for businesses include placing the words “Can I help you?,” “Have a good day,” “Service with a smile” and “Nice to see you here” prominently on employee tags. Reunion name tags can ask “Remember me?” at the top.

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