Most companies require their employees and executives to wear an ID card or badge whenever they are in the company’s premises, or even in company- sponsored events. This serves not only as a security measure but also as a means to easily identify which department or section an employee belongs to. This is especially important in big and international corporations, which are known to employ hundreds, or even thousands, of people.
Many corporations require that their employees use company-provided badge holders and lanyards. Most of the time, the lanyard contains the company’s name and its official colors. The company’s logo may also be included in the lanyard, if there is enough space. The badge holder can also have the company’s logo printed at the back. Corporations do this to make their employees’ look more standard and professional.
Although this is the case for most companies, there are also those who allow their people to choose which strap or case they could slip their ID card into.
For those who need to choose which case to use, below are the three basic types of badge holders that they can pick from:
1. Badge holders with slots.
This is the most common type of ID case or holder, and it usually goes with a lanyard. A badge strap clip is an alternative means to clip the badge or ID using this holder. A badge case with slot is usually made of hard plastic or vinyl, making it a good choice if one wants a sturdy and heavy-duty badge holder. A lot of slotted badge cases are vertical, to follow the orientation of most company IDs. This also makes it easier to slip the lanyard into the slot.
Employees who use a slotted badge holder often use a lanyard that allows them to express their personality and individuality better. For example, an employee could clip a thick, black lanyard with his favorite quotation to his badge and badge holder. On the other hand, an executive can opt to wear a company-provided lanyard together with his badge case, to show his loyalty to the corporation.
2. Badge holders with pins.
Unlike a badge case with slot, this type of badge holder has a small safety pin attached to its back, so that the user can easily attach the case to his shirt or other article of clothing. This is less common than the slotted badge holder because it tends to ruin the clothes of the user. Still, one can see this type of badge holder in some conventions, conferences, and trade shows. Most badge cases with pins are temporary, and are made of soft plastic.
3. Badge holders with clips.
This type of badge holder is less popular than the slotted badge case, but is more convenient to use than a badge holder with pin. Just as the name suggests, a badge holder with clip has a small clip attached to its back. Unlike the case with pin, a holder with clip can be attached to more things: clothing, bag straps, jackets, and other items. Clips also have a lesser chance of ruining the user’s clothing, making it a more favorable alternative to the slotted badge case. Most badges of this type are made of hard plastic, making it more durable than the pinned type.
Companies who are not strict with the type of lanyard and badge holder allow their employees more freedom to choose their lanyard’s and case’s design. The important thing that these employees should remember, though, is that although they are allowed to choose their own lanyard and case design, they should still pick something that looks professional and presentable to wear in a corporate or office setting.