Creative Name Badge Ideas


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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