|Costume-Friendly Face Mask Ideas|
|Fun Phrases & Seasonal Face Masks|
|Scary Mouth Face Masks|
|Your Face Face Masks|
|Jack-o-Lantern Face Masks|
|Skeleton Face Masks|
|Vampire Face Masks|
|Joe Exotic Face Masks|
|Carole Baskin Face Masks|
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With Coronavirus safety standards in place, Halloween is sure to look a little different this year. Whether you’ll be celebrating with a small group of close friends, taking your kids out for some socially distant trick or treating, or you’re just looking for a fun way to get into the Halloween spirit, face masks make it easy to stay safe and keep things spooky.
Make the most out of this spooky season! Custom face masks give you the opportunity to incorporate your mask into your costume and create something that’s unique to you.
If you’re looking for creative ways to stay safe on the spookiest night of the year, we’ve got you covered with tons of creative face mask designs and design-your-own options that let you take your one-of-a-kind costume to the next level. Here are some of our top Halloween 2020 face mask ideas to help you start planning your seasonal attire and creepy costumes:
One-of-a-Kind Spooky Season Face Masks
Custom face masks allow you to take control with your creativity and design something that perfectly matches your Halloween costume or something that can be worn all season long. For a face mask that embraces the Halloween spirit but is still wearable for everyday use, out and about, or at the office, design a mask inspired by your favorite seasonal phrases like “boo” or “trick or treat”.
Create a simple face mask design with Halloween or fall-inspired elements like bats, falling leaves, cobwebs, ghosts, ghouls, goblins or any type of seasonal icons and drawings.
Scary Mouth Costume Masks
Push the envelope with a scary mouth face mask design. Create your perfect design inspired by scarecrows, witches, werewolves, or any of your favorite classic Halloween characters.
With design-your-own mask options, the possibilities are endless. Build your costume around your custom mask or create a mask to complement your existing costume.
Be Yourself Costume Face Masks
Be Yourself! For a fun and easy-to-put-together costume that’s perfect for Halloween at the office, dress up as yourself.
Create a custom “your face” face mask by uploading an image of yourself to our easy-to-use design tool and adjust your image for the appropriate sizing. Put together an outfit featuring your normal attire and put on your custom face face mask for a Halloween costume that’s unique to you.
Classic Jack-O-Lantern Face Masks
Create a face mask with a custom jack-o-lantern smile for a costume that’s a Halloween classic. Jack-o-Lantern masks make the perfect addition to any pumpkin costume or the perfect finishing touch to any outfit throughout the spookiest season of the year.
Skeleton Costume Face Masks
Keep things creepy with a custom skeleton face mask. Completing your bone-rattling skeleton costume is easy with a custom sugar skull or skeleton face mask!
Put personality into your classic costume by creating your own design and showing off your own one-of-a-kind skeleton mask.
Vampire Costume Face Masks
Add the perfect finishing touch to your blood-thirsty vampire costume with a custom vampire fang face mask. Design a mask that matches your vampire costume and shows off your frightening fangs.
DYO vampire fang face masks let you stay safe and stay in character throughout all of your Halloween plans.
Joe Exotic Costume Face Masks
Complete your wild Tiger King look with a tiger print face mask or a custom mask inspired by the king of wild cats.
Carole Baskin Costume Face Masks
For all of the cool cats and kittens that are Team Carole this Halloween, put together a costume inspired by Carole Baskin. Create a custom face mask featuring animal prints or your favorite Carole Baskin phrases, or opt for a simple wild cat print mask to complete your look.
Use custom face masks to create a group costume with Carole Baskin, Joe Exotic, and all of your favorite members of the Tiger King cast of characters!
Scary Clown Costume Face Masks
Create your own killer clown costume with a custom face mask as the finishing touch. Our easy-to-use design tool lets you create your perfect clown makeup-inspired mask to complete your costume.
Whether you’re looking to put together the scariest costume on the block or you’re searching for the perfect addition to your everyday seasonal office attire, custom face masks give you the freedom to get creative. Create your perfect costume or turn heads with an everyday face mask inspired by your favorite fall seasonal elements.
Happy Halloween from Name Tag Wizard! We’re here to help you create your perfect costume and stay safe this spooky season. For a costume that’s complete from head to toe, check out our entire Halloween costume collection filled with creative costume name tags and face masks!
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Creativity and individuality are among the most important things employers are looking for when recruiting new talent. Even the smallest things can make an enormous impact on the overall culture and attitude of a business, right down to the details on employee name tags. Incorporating creative, fun, and exciting details on name tags for your employees will create a less strict atmosphere where employees can express themselves. Anything you can do that makes your company culture stand out will make customers more likely to choose you over your competitors.
Creative name tags…..
- allow employees to express themselves in a unique way
- boost overall performance
- create a more accepting environment to work in
- inspire innovative thinking
- unlock the door for exciting & creative contests and prizes
Creative Name Tags Allow Employees to Express Themselves
Self-expression allows people to fully be themselves, and lets their unique talents thrive. Younger employees often feel they’re being put into boxes of how to act, dress, talk, and work. Every business has rules and safety measures to create orderliness, but there are ways to let each employee’s individuality shine. Name tags are an incredible way to help your employees or community members express themselves in whatever way they feel.
Allowing employees to add a creative or unique quote or characteristic to their name tag can boost their performance.
Name tags serve a deeper purpose than just communicating a name. Name tags have the power to unlock a part of your team members that customers wouldn’t otherwise know. Unique name tags can represent who each person is such as their interests and values.
For example, if you own a small business that sells board shorts and sunglasses, your employees will exemplify a love for the ocean when wearing a Beach Banner Shaped Name Tag. Customers notice small details, and a unique ocean themed badge communicates to your customers not only an employee’s name, but a strong support for the products you’re selling.
In most workplaces, employees are required to wear professional attire or a uniform. Although there are pros to this, as it adds a sense of orderliness to a workplace, it does remove the ability to express oneself with clothing.
Dependent on the type of industry you are in, self-expression is vital to morale and creativity. Name tags are a blank canvas for people to add their own expressions, quotes or experiences.
For example, if you own a flower shop, you could customize this wooden name badge with engraved flowers, and the name of each employee’s favorite flower. This could not only spark conversation between staff and customers, but could help a customer make a final purchase decision. No matter what type of name tag you currently have, even the simplest of name tags can be spruced up to include an interest or passion.
How Companies are Making their Employees Stand Out
A company that really accomplishes this well is the founder of the chicken biscuit, Chick-Fil-A. If you go into any Chick-Fil-A location, you will immediately be greeted by an employee with the most genuine smile, and a unique name tag that displays his or her dream occupation. When you learn that your local Chick-Fil-A employee wants to be an astronaut or a doctor when they are older, you instantly feel more connected to him or her. This is the power of the name tag!
Name tags give you a glimpse into who a person truly is outside of their day to day duties. It is with this that we can start to build stronger connections between people who work together, and between customers and employees.
Create a Less Strict and More Accepting Creative Environment
Younger job seekers are often looking to work for companies that foster free expression and open thought.
Harvard Business Review said in their article, Creating the Best Workplace on Earth, that you must “let people be themselves” to create the ideal workplace. If you are trying to create a more accepting and creative work environment, it is necessary to allow employees to be themselves. Personalized and creative name tags are a small, but impactful step in the right direction!
Allowing openness and expression makes staff members more comfortable being a part of a working community, and can initiate improved relationships between employees and customers. Your staff members and the customer experience they provide is the first and most lasting interaction the public has with your brand. The right name tags can inspire thoughtful and memorable communication.
This kind of communication and expression has also proven to boost morale and make employees happier in their jobs. Name tags can give your staff a platform and a voice!
Name Tags Can Inspire More Innovative Thinking & Creativity at Work
People are truly the product of their environments. If your employees or community members are surrounded by creativity, they’re likely to feel an intrinsic push to match that creative thinking in their own work. This sense of innovation and out-of-the-box thinking will spread to every part of your business! You will see your company as a whole become a hub of creative energy and innovative ideas that put you miles ahead of your competition.
Creative Ideas for Name Tags
Themed Name Tags for the Season or Year
People are looking for freshness in their daily routines. We tend to get tired of the same old routine, uniform or style. We are constantly seeking new trends, new ways of doing things, and new ways of dressing – this includes name tags.
Companies can be innovative and allow this human need for freshness to inspire new name tags. Every year employee name tags can be updated, changed, or even re-styled, and each time you could allow employees to have input on the theme. It is important to show your employees that you care about them, and that you want to add a bit of excitement to the workplace.
Name Tag Design Contests
Contests provide a great opportunity to engage your staff and to foster creativity. A name tag contest will push people to think outside the box when it comes to stylizing a name tag design. Name tag contests could be the event that so many of your employees look forward to. Employees will want to work with their colleagues to think of different ideas and get creative to come up with the best name tag styles. Even if the prize is as simple as a gift card to a desired restaurant or a household item that anyone can use, people will be motivated to get involved.
Other Creative Ideas to Include on Name Tags
• Favorite movie quotes
• Inspirational quotes
• Home town
• Hobbies or interests
• Aspiring career or life goal
Allowing people to express themselves with their name tags is one of the easiest ways to foster individuality in the workplace and create an inclusive atmosphere.
Incorporating Your Family Into Your Work Day
While many Americans are stuck at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you have an opportunity to strengthen the bonds between the members of your household.
While the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation® has suspended National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day until some time in late 2020 due to the virus, you can still show your children what you do if you’re working remotely. Or, you can help encourage your employees to participate and keep the day fun and educational.
Make sure you stay organized and productive, though. We have a few tips for working from home to ensure you keep up with your job.
Benefits of Working From Home
Working from home offers a unique chance to show your family what you do without much work. You still need to ensure your day is productive, but it’s a good way to connect with your children.
Reconnecting with Family & Pets
Staying at home boosts morale. You or your employees don’t need to bother with the commute or being away from the house all day.
This extra time at home gives people a chance to spend more time with their kids, spouses, and pets. For the time being, you no longer have a commute. When you’re done for the day, you’re done. You now have the opportunity to play or talk with your children, take your dog for more walks, or reconnect with your spouse or significant other.
It can be hard to find the right balance of work and home life. Now that many of us are home stuck, we can improve our relationships or better catch up with each other.
All of this contributes to happier employees and a more positive outlook on their work. Happy employees work harder and are more motivated while performing their duties. So, this means your business benefits from this as well.
Working remotely also means you have an easier time introducing your family to your co-workers. No need to wait for a company event or schedule a lunch or dinner, you can do it over a video chat.
You might have mentioned your family to your co-workers and vice versa. This creates a closer connection between your work and family and helps in socializing your children.
Communication Skills for Your Kids
If you don’t work with ultra-sensitive topics, you can have your kids join you on conference calls.
It’s important for your children to develop competent communication skills. Including them on your video conference calls gives them an insight into how adults communicate.
This is an important part of growth for your child. Improving their communication skills builds confidence and competence. It means they’ll be better equipped to convey their thoughts and feelings as they mature.
Additionally, they’ll learn cooperation skills. As you work with your co-workers, you will all demonstrate how to effectively
Make sure you let your co-workers know. You don’t want to have your kid present if you’ll be discussing classified or private information. Not only could this be illegal but you need to be careful on not spreading information your company doesn’t want released. Also, your co-workers might not appreciate having a child present without prior knowledge.
Showing Off Your Job
With Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Days postponed, you have a unique opportunity to show your child what you do at work without much organizing.
While you should still work with your supervisor, you won’t have to work out the logistics of bringing your kid with you to your office. You won’t need to worry about safety, organizing activities, or maintaining constant supervision. You just need to ensure you’re clear to show your child the ins-and-outs of your job.
Show them your daily duties. At least, what you can do remotely. If you have clearance, include them in your conference calls and show them what you do to help your co-workers. Including your child in your day helps them understand and grow into more competent adults.
You can make a day of it too!
Let your kid help you “around the office” by organizing papers, having lunch together, and talking about work. Get matching name tags so they feel like they’re really “on-the-job.”
Preparing for the Future
With the immediate future uncertain, it can be hard to prepare for the actual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. But, you and your work may be able to sort something out once things return to normal.
Many schools may remain closed for the rest of the year. This makes coordination easier should your work place decide to host an event. It may not need to be a full day. You could schedule out a lunch tour of your work to get the kids out of the house and make some effort towards continuing their education.
While the world had to change so much, we need to remember how important the development of our children is. Many American workers can take this opportunity to reconnect with pets and loved ones. And, your work force may be happier while they work since they’ll get to spend more time with their family. Take Your Kid to Work Day may have been postponed, but you can still help them to grow while your work from home. You can foster a growth in communication and interpersonal skills.
The COVID-19 outbreak has altered our lives dramatically in a short period of time. Although quarantine and initial fears over social distancing will end, the coronavirus has likely changed the way we interact with one another for a long time to come.
As businesses continue to operate remotely, or with limited hours, it’s important to maintain friendly, professional interactions. Businesses, especially restaurants that are focusing on to-go orders and curbside service, are maintaining professional and courteous social distance by:
- Allowing customers to remain in their vehicle for service or take-out products
- Actively enforcing social distancing between employees
- Actively maintaining friendly social distance between staff and customers or clients
- Requiring immunocompromised workers to wear special ID cards
- Requiring visitors to wear visitor ID badges and keep a healthy distance from others
When schools and businesses are back to normal operation, new social distancing practices will likely be the new norm. Businesses can help prepare their buildings by:
- Placing wash hands signs where customers and staff can see them
- Making hand sanitizer readily available to staff and customers
- Placing social distance courtesy signs and desk plates at reception counters, check-in desks and registers
- Requiring all visitors to wear a temporary badge while on the premises
- Requiring all staff to wear an ID badge with an enlarged font that can be read from 6 feet away
Although the coronavirus pandemic has altered our professional and social lives, it has positively impacted our lives at home, with our pets, and with our coworkers. Businesses are bringing their employees together and boosting morale in difficult times by:
- Having staff share fun selfies
- Hosting remote video chats and happy hours
- Introducing family members and pets online
Name tags are a tradition in the workplace, and are effective in creating connections between people. These connections can still be made, despite social distancing. Here are a few tips for creating name tags that are effective in the age of social distancing:
- Keep name tags simple! Include name and job title in a larger font that can be read from a few feet away
- Replace traditional name tags with ID cards, which are larger and have space for logos, names, and photos. Design your own IDs now!
- Order bold color name tags or IDs. Use your company brand colors to make them stand out
- Make sure the badges are worn closer to eye level
- Order them with clips that can be attached to shirt pockets or collars
- Pocket badges can also come in handy for this purpose
As we all work to flatten the curve of the spread of COVID-19, we can also do our part in creating healthy, happy relationships with our coworkers, family, neighbors and the public. Keep a 6-foot distance from others, but don’t be afraid to smile, make eye contact and say hello.
What is Employee Appreciation Day?
Employee Appreciation Day began as a day to show appreciation to employees everywhere and to strengthen relationships between employers and employees. The first Friday in March marks this unofficial annual holiday, celebrated this year on March 6.
Not only are recognition and appreciation key for motivating employees, showing your sincere, genuine appreciation for valued personnel goes a long way in maintaining employee job satisfaction. We’ve compiled our favorite 10 ways to show employees how much they’re appreciated. There’s something for everyone!
Put Pen to Paper! Write Employee Thank You Notes
Pen a genuine, sincere, handwritten thank you note for each of your employees expressing your thanks for their dedication and a job well done all year long! A personally penned thank you is more meaningful than a standard email destined for a future in cyberspace!
Personalize Gifts for Your Employees
Give personalized gifts to your employees they’re sure to appreciate. From engraved desk plates to personalized pens, tumblers, and more, they will enjoy putting your thoughtfully chosen gifts to good use!
Enjoy a Team Outing
Gather the team for some out-of-office fun. If your crew is competitive, think trivia, a darts competition, or mini golf. If they’re all about the circle of collaboration, give an escape room or an obstacle course a go!
Arrange a Volunteer Day
Giving back to your local community (or creating packages to be shared around the world) is a winner for volunteers and recipients alike. You will not only fulfill an essential need, your team will enjoy strengthening social bonds with one another along the way!
Plan an Extraordinary Treat
Whether it’s a special delivery of warm, freshly baked cookies from a local bake shop or hiring your team’s favorite food truck for a made-to-order lunch, your employees will appreciate you as much as you appreciate them!
Thank Your Staff by Bringing in Temporary Assistance
Share a few temporary workers between employees and departments for a few days or even a week. Catching up on the piles of busywork that have been pushed aside will have employees humming a happy tune all week long!
Enjoy the Local Lunch Scene
Explore your local cuisine by assigning each person on your team a restaurant to visit and write a review about afterward. And of course, have the company pick up the tab!
Elevate Your Employee Break Room and Coffee Stations
Offer complimentary fruit or snacks and upgrade your coffee post with ceramic mugs and spoons, a selection of hot teas, and a variety of creamers, syrups, and coffee toppings. Don’t forget to include weekly Friday treats to start the weekend on a sweet note!
Create an Employee Recognition Campaign
Design a platform where employees can enjoy cheers from their peers! Whether it’s an intranet platform where employees can give a personal shout out to a colleague for a job well done, or actual certificates that are awarded, meaningful gestures of recognition are sure to be appreciated.
Start a Holiday Weekend Early
Surprise employees the morning before a long weekend and call it a day a little early. Whether it’s just before lunch or a little later, this is one surprise everyone will love!
Make employee appreciation an everyday event!
Simple gestures like being polite, saying hello, or flashing a smile to whomever crosses your path are effortless ways to show employees individual respect and appreciation all year long!
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|1. Control Access|
|2. Provide Identification|
|3. Train Your Staff|
|4. Workplace Culture|
|5. Secure Documents|
How secure are your premises? Do you trust your employees with sensitive information? What measures can you take to improve workplace security? Why is security important in the workplace?
If you own a growing or successful business, maintaining a secure workplace is integral to your continued operations. A security breach could lead to safety concerns or even cost your business thousands of dollars. Businesses are often targeted by thieves and hackers attempting to access customer, financial, and other records. Increasing or tightening your business’s security is imperative for ensuring you avoid costly mistakes.
Here are five easy tips you can follow to prevent a security breach in your workplace.
- Reduce Access to Your Building(s)
- Provide Employee Identification
- Train Your Staff
- Foster a Workplace Culture
- Secure Sensitive Documents
#1: Reduce Access to Your Building(s)
Minimize access and mark areas to prevent unauthorized entry. If you allow guests to visit your workplace, make sure they are clear on where they are and are not allowed to go.
The more people who have access to your building and its contents, the harder it is to maintain security.
Many office spaces handle sensitive information. Whether it’s financial documentation or customer information, you need to ensure that only authorized personnel have access. Post signs or electronic security access points for server or filing rooms.
Your office most likely has guests from time to time. Whether they’re investors, interviewees or customers, people who are not employees may visit your workplace. You need to watch after visitors and ensure they don’t enter off-limit areas. Have a member of your administration, or other upper level staff member, stay with guests. This is an easy method of keeping private areas secure.
But, maintaining tight access isn’t limited to guests.
Your employees should also recognize and follow restricted area policies. Not every member of your staff needs access to every room. This is especially so if you own a larger company; the more employees, the more difficult it is to track them.
How can you prevent unauthorized employee access?
Limit employee access by marking restricted rooms. You can give keys to authorized workers to ensure only they have access to rooms or safes. If your business can afford it, you can install electronic scanners tied to specific QR code badges. Another electronic method of limiting access is providing programmable keypads with alpha-numerical codes to designated staff members.
Ensuring access to your building and certain areas is a huge element of reducing the chances of a security breach.
#2: Provide Identification
Name tags and badges are excellent for identifying authorized personnel and guests.
Supply your staff with photo ID badges for quick and easy confirmation. You can design badges to your specifications making them harder to copy. Ensure your staff then follow all policies on keeping their ID on their person while on premises.
If you have an electronic access system, you can increase security with ID badges. This leads back to restricting access on your property, but you can find or make badges with bar or QR codes for your system. Combining an employee photo with a unique code makes it harder for thieves to copy the design, which prevents unauthorized entry to sensitive information.
If you allow visitors, provide them with guest passes or badges. While it is still a best practice to have an administrative member accompany guests, providing visitor passes gives other employees peace of mind. It also ensures easy identification of unwelcome guests or trespassers.
Sometimes it’s not reasonable for a member of staff to follow guests. Visitor badges make it easier for employees to identify authorized guests with a quick glance.
Identification badges allow easy tracking of authorized personnel and have a wide variety of uses. No matter your sector or business, your workplace will benefit if you provide clear and easy-to-read badges or name tags.
#3:Train Your Staff
Training feels obvious, but it is integral to your security. You must educate your employees on proper security measures and policies.
Where and how do you file customer information? Does your location have restricted areas? What is proper procedure for a security breach?
If your staff isn’t trained, then how can they follow security procedures?
Training encourages a safe and secure environment.
You should ensure your training programs address every aspect of an employee’s duties. This doesn’t mean they need to know how to do everything. If they handle customer records, they need to understand how to maintain discretion. If they deal with finances, they need to know when and how to file their documents.
Ensure your programs are comprehensive. If an employee hesitates or doubts how to follow a security procedure, risk of breach is high.
Training also gives administrative staff a chance to further vet employees.
If an employee breaks procedure multiple times, you should provide further education, or potentially terminate the employee. This is especially so for sensitive documents. Anyone who handles, transports, files, or fills customer or classified company information must understand and follow proper procedures.
Your training regimen could include online courses, in-person presentations, on-the-job and hands-on experience. Find the best ways of presenting your information.
Investing time and money into educating and training your staff ensures your security measures don’t fail.
#4: Foster a Positive Workplace Culture
All the training in the world won’t help if your employees don’t care about your company.
If your staff wants to do their best for the business, your security measures benefit. In contrast, if they don’t enjoy their work or feel underappreciated, mistakes happen and they are likely to ignore policies.
Every business benefits from building a better workplace culture. Employees are more motivated and will want to encourage or enforce security policies. If they enjoy working for you, they’ll want to do everything they can to follow proper procedures.
Unhappy employees don’t care about your business. They don’t care to follow policies. They don’t care to fulfill the full extent of their work duties. And, they don’t care about the security of the business as a whole.
Remedy this by acknowledging recurring complaints and other reasons for the lack of motivation.
Part of this is encouraging personal growth and appreciating their work. Your employees are people, so they need to know the importance of their job.
If everyone in your company enjoys at least some aspect of their work, your security will improve. Happy and motivated employees want what’s best for your business. They perform better and follow established security guidelines and policies to ensure safe operation of the company.
You can build your company’s culture through team activities, company lunches, or by acknowledging the work of your employees.
There are many ways to improve workplace positivity and culture. Find and explore the best options that fit your business and staff.
#5: Secure Sensitive Documents
It seems obvious to secure important documents, but it should be addressed. Store sensitive documents in secure areas!
If you handle customer information of any kind, keep it classified. Privacy breaches can cost your business thousands if not millions of dollars in damages paid to individuals. Limiting access to this kind of information is integral for increasing security.
Only allow certain staff members access to these documents. Give them physical keys, bar code badges, or key codes, whatever your business has the budget for and access to. Storing documents in locked filing cabinets in a locked room is an easy, low-tech way of securing information.
The same goes for your company records.
Employee information, financial records, and other documents need to be treated with the same care. Store them separate from each other to avoid confusion and potential filing errors.
Digital files are a bit trickier with the constant improvement of technology.
Ensure your servers are secure and encrypt all files. Limit access to programs and server rooms to proper staff. Digital information is easy to copy onto a flash drive, unlike physical records. Implementing as many security measures as possible lessens the chances of a breach.
An accidental or deliberate entry to your stored files could mean a potential and costly security incident.
Disposal of sensitive records needs consideration. Shredding physical files is one of the most popular methods. It’s fast and easy, and if you run a smaller business, you likely don’t have hundred or thousands of documents to dispose of. To further ensure secure disposal, completely black-out private information, on the front and back, with a security marker.
If your business handles thousands of invoices or customer records, find a local shredding company. Many of them can either pick up your documents or can leave a locked box for you to deposit physical records for them to retrieve and dispose of monthly.
Name Tag Wizard is your one-stop-shop of custom identification products for businesses. Increase your company’s security with customized name tags and badges to keep track of authorized staff and guests.
From neighborhood businesses lining Main Streets in small town America to international corporations spanning the globe, companies are reshaping their images to be seen as sustainably focused and ecofriendly in the eyes of their valued customers. Known as green marketing, these efforts are made to earn the trust, respect, and business of increasingly environmentally savvy consumers.
Going green is arguably the best practice competitive businesses can implement today.
Show Sustainability Matters to your Business
There are countless ways for businesses to demonstrate their commitment to caring for the planet, beginning with that first face-to-face interaction with potential customers or clients. Employees who greet guests wearing wood name tags make an ecofriendly impression with every handshake.
Additionally, wood name tags offer an exceptionally professional look, are laser engraved from a variety of wood types, and can include images or logos to compliment just about any business.
Wooden name tags are especially nice for complimenting uniforms for outdoor and sporting goods stores, garden nurseries, parks, campgrounds, and other outdoor recreation areas, coffee shops, health food stores, and more!
Wood – A Natural Choice
A renewable natural resource, wood is plentiful, durable, eye-catching, and economical. Additionally, wood grows cleanly, gathering its energy naturally from the sun.
Wood is a sustainable, ecofriendly material that requires minimal processing and emits some of the lowest greenhouse gas emissions, air and water pollution rates for harvesting and milling. By choosing this renewable resource, harmful carbon is kept from the atmosphere, helping to lessen the effects of climate change.
In addition to wood being a naturally renewable resource, this ‘green’ choice is good business that also offers benefits to neighborhoods and communities across the country. The production of wood creates zero waste because it grows from, and returns to, nature. The entire tree can be used for economic and environmental purposes, including bark as mulch for landscaping.
Additional Benefits of Wearing Name Tags
In addition to displaying a professional appearance, name tags play a role in branding your business, encourage interaction between employees and customers, and provide an added level of security by identifying employees authorized to represent your business.
Whether you’re a local small business or an international corporation, name tags offer unique benefits from that initial greeting through completed transactions, and more. Designing thoughtful name tags for your business is a small investment in time and resources that has the potential to grow your relationships, and your bottom line, for years to come!
Safe School Visitor Policies
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|Code of Conduct|
|What is FERPA?|
The safety of children should be the most important element of your school. To ensure a safe learning space, your facility should implement in-depth yet easy-to-follow visitor policies.
Enforcing your policies ensures a safe learning space for your students.
Each school or district will have different rules for visitors. However, there are some similarities that any school can put in place.
We’ve previously addressed designing name tags for school security and the benefits, detriments, and ethics behind tracking students with RFIDs. Please read these articles for additional information on improving your school’s security.
Code of Conduct for Visitors in School
Generally, your facility will have a code of conduct for visitors. These rules for school visitors should match your current safety policies. You should have basic policies that are easy to understand. Ensuring your code of conduct is straight forward and available means visitors can follow them without incident.
Some of these policies may include:
- A member of school staff will accompany any visitor while they are on-campus (if available)
- Visitors may not interrupt classes in session or coordinate with a teacher ahead of time to observe
- Visitors may only enter and exit your facility through the main entry
- Visitors must always wear a pass while on-campus
- Visitors must check-in or register their attendance with front office administration
- Visitors will be subject to security screening (if available)
- Visitors must present a valid form of identification
- Visitors will not take part in nor encourage any illegal activities
School Visitor Check-In
We recommend requiring visitors to register with your front office. This allows your administrative staff to track who is on-property and for what length of time. Registration should be standard for any educational institution to ensure a safe facility.
Information collected at check-in may include:
- First and last name
- Any classroom they are visiting
- Date of visit
- Check-in/out time
After signing-in with your facility’s front desk, you should provide a school visitor pass. Instruct guests to wear their pass at all times while on-campus. Visitor passes allow other members of staff to identify allowed guests. Administrative staff should then ensure that all passes are returned at the end of a guest’s visitation.
Parents may want to sit-in and observe an in-session class. Coordinate parents with associated teachers ahead of the parents’ visit to prevent disruption. Entering a class unannounced or without warning causes unwanted and unnecessary distractions. You should establish rules discouraging interaction from visitors. Unwanted interruptions disrupt regular class proceedings and hamper the class’s lessons.
Public Events & Organization Meetings
If your facility hosts public events, you will most likely not want to register every attendee. These could include parent-teacher organization meetings or open-house events. Requiring sign-in for every parent or visitor unnecessarily slows down processes.
Distributing numbered tickets, disposable wristbands unique to your school, or using skin-safe hand stamps are better alternatives if you feel you need the extra screening.
If your school has the budget set aside, reusable name tags may be used. However, you will need to prepare for some of your badges to either be returned damaged or not returned at all.
Security staff should still enforce regular school safety procedures during public events.
If someone ignores your code of conduct, you will need procedures to enforce your policies. Most schools encourage staff to report unauthorized individuals to the principal or other designated administrative staff.
If your school keeps security staff on-campus, you could instead direct concerns to them.
In the event that an unauthorized visitor refuses to follow your policies, you may need to contact local law enforcement.
Reasons for School Visitors
Your staff should understand why specific guests visit your facility. Parents may want to observe their child’s class or classes. Donors could want a tour to ease any hesitations in contributing to your facility.
Understanding the reasons visitors have helps you in showing the best and most relevant side of your school.
What is FERPA?
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act allows parents to access educational information. It also allows some rights to disseminate personal information at their discretion. But, once a child turns 18, the rights transfer over to them from their parents. Find more information on FERPA at studentprivacy.ed.gov.
What is Small Business Saturday?
Started as a way to bring attention (and shoppers!) to the thousands of small businesses across America during the holiday shopping season, Small Business Saturday is celebrated each year on the Saturday following Thanksgiving. This year, on November 30, 2019 (Small Business Saturday’s 10th anniversary!), small businesses everywhere will open their doors to shoppers looking for those extra special gifts this holiday season!
How Can I Prepare for Small Business Saturday?
Small Business Saturday is a wonderful opportunity to welcome new shoppers, inspire customer loyalty, and increase holiday sales! These are some of our favorite ways to create a winning Small Business Saturday strategy.
Host or Participate in a Small Business Saturday Event
Many local neighborhoods and small business organizations come together to plan creative Small Business Saturday events that add an extra bit of fun to this festive holiday shopping weekend. For example, Visit Jacksonville, the official travel website for this beach side city, offers a #SmallBizSat passport where shoppers earn stamps by visiting local small businesses that can be entered into a drawing for exciting holiday giveaways.
Include holiday treats for everyone! Offer hot chocolate and cookies to weary shoppers, and delight the little ones with surprise visits and photo opportunities – straight from the North Pole – from Santa Claus himself! Keep the festivities bustling by piping holiday music throughout the store or by featuring live performances by local Christmas carolers throughout the day or evening.
Advertise! Advertise! Advertise!
Advertising has never been easier – or more economical – with opportunities like the many social media platforms available to reach potential customers. Create festive posts and tweets to keep your followers informed about exclusive Small Business Saturday deals and events and how they can take part.
Like, love, and share other Small Business Saturday social media posts to spread the word to others. Be sure to include the holiday hash tags #SmallBusinessSaturday, #SmallBizSat, and #ShopSmall to connect with others in the small business community and beyond!
Emphasize Personal Interactions and Build Relationships
Small businesses have the valuable opportunity to offer personalized interaction with their customers, unlike large retail stores where finding employees is often challenging or via chatbot conversations when shopping online. Personal conversation is at the heart (and the start!) of creating meaningful, lasting relationships.
Welcome conversation by wearing an eye-catching name badge and greeting each guest that comes into your store. Rather than the usual ‘May I help you?’ offer a heartfelt ‘Season’s greetings!’ or ‘Welcome in!’ to start a festive conversation. Sincere, professional interaction with customers often leads to increased holiday sales and returning customers throughout the year.
Offer Valuable Sales and Deals
Valuable offers don’t have to mean deep discounts like the big box stores use to lure customers on Black Friday. Small businesses typically don’t have the sales volume to support such substantial markdowns, even for a short time. Small business patrons generally shop to support their local communities rather than dashing in just for that sought-after door buster.
Begin by aligning your holiday promotions with your store’s sales goals. Restaurateurs may consider offering special Small Business Saturday menus, including discounts on holiday-inspired meals. Retail shops could offer small denomination gift cards with purchases of a specific dollar amount that will inspire customers to return throughout the shopping season.
Show Your Appreciation
There are multitudes of ways to show your appreciation while building customer loyalty. Begin by offering a heartfelt thank you to every shopper who visits your store and send handwritten thank you notes to those customers who purchase from you all year.
Make shopping easier by extending your hours during the bustling holiday season, on the weekends or all week long. Set up a festive gift wrapping station and offer free gift wrapping for all in-store purchases. For an added bit of seasonal marketing, use gift wrap or seals printed with your shop’s name and logo, sure to signal to the gift recipient that something special is in store!
Show your support for local charities. In addition to promoting these charities from within your small business, make a donation in your customers’ honor as a special thank you for shopping with you.
Name Tag Reminders for Hiring Temporary Help
With the holiday season approaching, your business needs to prepare for the increased influx of customers and clients. Depending on the industry your business belongs to, you can expect the holiday period to bring in up to 30% of your annual sales according to the NRF®.¹ Hiring seasonal employees alleviates the stress on you and your permanent staff. There are certain considerations to bear in mind when preparing for your business’s busiest time of year.
1. Start Early
JobMonkey recommends you begin looking to hire temporary help roughly six months ahead of your peak season.² The hiring process takes time, and just because your seasonal employees aren’t intended to be long-term doesn’t mean you shouldn’t follow adequate interview and selection procedures. You’ll be thankful for setting the time aside to properly sift through potential hires.
Even though you’ll be hiring for a short time, you’ll want to ensure your temporary employees still fit what you’re looking for. You should still carefully identify temporary staff that will perform according to your business’s standards and adhere to your established company values.³
2. Plan Based on Previous Years
Look back at previous peak seasons and analyze your numbers. How much business did your company do during these times? How does that compare with the rest of the year on average? Answering a few logistical questions will help you establish a plan for the upcoming season and inform you on how much more help you will need in the coming months. Knowing how to prepare financially for your peak season further helps in advertising for temporary positions.
3. Post Open Positions
Advertise that you are looking for seasonal employees. This could be through paper ads, online listings, or placing signs on your property. You should find appropriate places to post your help wanted ads and inform potential employees the dates that you are looking to hire for. Staying honest and open about your temporary hire policies throughout the hiring process establishes confidence in your seasonal employees.
Finding seasonal help can prove more difficult in practice than expected. If your business exists within a competitive market, then chances are other businesses within your market will also be looking for seasonal employees. You’ll want to provide more value to potential hires to stay above your competition. This value includes employee discounts, higher compensation, employee recognition programs, or other benefits. Your business needs to be more appealing in order for you to draw a hiring pool away from your competitors.
4. Train Your Seasonal Staff
Going back to planning according to your company’s history; you’ll want to be able to invest in training for your new hires. Despite filling a temporary position, your seasonal employees need to be adequately trained in your business’s policies and procedures. Improperly trained seasonal staff will only harm your business. Put into numbers, Shift eLearning found through HR Magazine that investing $1,500 per employee for training that you can see a potential 24% increase in profit.4 While this applies to your permanent staff, it is safe to say that proper training for all your staff, permanent or temporary, positively impacts your business.
Additionally, your business relies on adequate service, especially so during your peak season. If your new hires can’t fulfill customer needs appropriately, then that could cost your company even more than if they had been properly trained to begin with. Improper service can result in lost sales or even deter customers from returning to your business in the future.
5. Integrate into Your Team
Your seasonal staff should feel part of your team despite their temporary status. Much of this can be instilled with proper training and through education of your company’s core values. If your business uses uniforms, providing the proper attire helps build a positive and inclusive work atmosphere. Plastic employee name tags are inexpensive, easy to customize, and a great way to instill a sense of belonging for your seasonal staff. Developing a cohesive environment will ensure that your busy season is successful.
6. Don’t Lose Contact
When the season is over and your temporary staff are no longer needed, keep a record of individuals to contact in the future. Whether you would like to see if they’ll fill vacant positions that open up or for the next year’s busy season, maintaining a pool of temporary hires can simplify your next peak season. Building and keeping a hire pool is a general best practice for your business, and a seasonal staff section is a useful addition to that.
Name Tag Wizard is your one-stop-shop for all of your permanent and seasonal employee identification needs. Whether you need custom name badges or reusable name tags, we make it easy to customize the workplace identification you need for your business or organization.
- National Retail Federation®
- JobMonkey – Things You Need to Know
- JobMonkey – Tips for Hiring Seasonal Help
- Shift eLearning