Do’s and Don’ts of Conducting Job Interviews

When it comes to finding – and hiring – that perfect job candidate, the competition can be fierce. Since a significant part of the hiring decision comes from the face-to-face interview, doing a bit of homework and preparation beforehand is sure to help you, and your company, make your best first impression.

What is the Interviewer’s Role?

As one of the first people an interviewee will come into contact with when applying for a job with your company, you will most likely be representing and making the first impression for your company to your job candidate. This is a wonderful opportunity to create goodwill with your applicant, whether he or she is hired or not.

Make your interviewee as comfortable as possible, depending on your company’s culture. If your organization is formal and wears business attire, then pass that information along. If, on the other hand, your atmosphere is very relaxed and even you, as the interviewer, will be wearing jeans or other casual clothing, let your interviewee know so that he or she will fit in with your company culture and feel comfortable from the start. No matter the attire, always present yourself in a polished manner, including wearing a professional name tag. Your candidate will likely be nervous enough. Being able to glance at your name tag, or even a desk plate, and address you by name will take the pressure off trying to remember it throughout the interview and create a more relaxed, friendly environment.

Create a Relaxed and Welcoming Interview Setting

Conducting the interview at your place of business is a wise choice. When an interviewee comes to (and takes part in a tour of) your office, this provides the best opportunity to see how he or she reacts to your daily work environment. While it may seem like a more relaxing idea to have the interview at the local coffee shop or somewhere over lunch, these places tend to be full of noise and distractions that will hinder both you and your applicant from having the most productive conversation and from learning about one another.

Begin your interview with somewhat casual, yet specific questions. Opening the conversation with an open-ended statement like “Tell me about yourself” probably will not put your interviewee at ease. Rather, ask “Given what you know about our company, what personal qualities of yours would make you a good fit?”

What are Illegal Interview Questions?

As an interviewer, it is unlawful to ask any of the following questions –

  • Have you ever been arrested?
  • What is your religion? Where and/or when do you worship? Do you celebrate religious holidays?
  • Are you a citizen of the US? It seems that you have an accent, where are you from?
  • When were you born? What year did you graduate from high school or college? How old are you?
  • Do you have a disability that has the ability to affect your job performance? (This includes specific questions pertaining to former number of sick days, workers’ compensation claims, mental health diagnoses, or other pre-existing health conditions, including that of family history)
  • Do you use drugs, alcohol, or smoke?
  • Do you belong to a union or do you have an interest in joining one?
  • Are you willing to take a polygraph test? (You cannot be denied employment, disciplined, or fired for refusing to take a polygraph test)
  • Are you pregnant or do you plan to become pregnant, foster, or adopt a child?
  • What does your husband or wife do? Or do you have a spouse or significant other?

Note – When considering an applicant for a position, if your organization’s primary purpose is religious-based, you are legally permitted to favor hiring individuals who practice that same religion.

What are Legal Interview Questions?

  • Have you ever been convicted of a felony or crime other than a traffic violation?
  • Do your religious practices prohibit you from working on weekends (ask only if weekend work is required of the position)
  • Are you legally authorized to work in the US?
  • Do you speak any other languages (ask only if relevant to the position)
  • Are you able to put in the long hours and significant amount of travel this job requires?
  • Are you willing and able to relocate, if the opportunity arises?

What is a Bona Fide Occupational Qualification as Related to a Job or a Career?

A Bona Fide Occupational Qualification (BFOQ) is a specific qualification that will allow a potential employer to make an employment decision based on protected classes of citizens ONLY if it is determined to be necessary to operate a specific business successfully. For example, commercial airline pilots MUST retire at age 65 since studies have shown that older pilots’ production declines and, therefore, becomes a greater public risk.

Key Points to Keep in Mind During the Interview and Beyond

Keep in mind the position you are interviewing to fill. While skills and education certainly are important, many job specifics can be learned through on the job training, apprenticeships, and job shadowing. Things that are more difficult to teach are fitting in with the culture, departmental employees, and generally with the company as a whole.

Refrain from asking hypothetical questions. Most often for an interviewee who may not have an immediate answer, this is cause for a moment of panic and he or she may make up an answer. Rather, ask specific questions that relate to real situations that he or she has most likely encountered in the workplace, for example, “Tell me about a time when you had to resolve a conflict between two employees and how that worked out.”

For more information about federal laws regarding prohibited or illegal employment policies and practices, please visit the US Equal Employment Opportunities Commission.

Effective Onboarding Techniques and Strategies for Your Workplace

Why Onboarding Matters

Attracting the best and brightest job applicants and turning them into longstanding employees is a lofty goal that virtually every successful organization aims to achieve. From that first initial contact with applicants through the onboarding process and beyond, you are beginning to build professional relationships designed to last for years to come. As the first official steps toward becoming valued members of your company, the onboarding experiences that you provide are likely to be some of new employees’ most memorable company impressions.

Ensuring Onboarding Success

Effective employee onboarding can mean the difference between a successful start and a challenging transition to a new job. From orientation and training to becoming socially acclimated to your company’s culture, your new hire onboarding process matters.

Begin Onboarding Before You Hire

Bringing your new employees successfully on board begins with the first time you contact your applicants. Whether via phone call, email, or social media, exposure to your organization starts with the recruitment process.  Be sure that all avenues of communication accurately represent your company and its culture and values. When recruiting methods don’t line up with your organization’s culture, new hires can experience culture shock, leading to a disappointing first impression and perhaps even an unexpected resignation.

Create a Welcoming Work Area

Once the paperwork is complete and your new hires are ready to get to work, show them you’re happy they’re here by creating a welcoming work space that includes all of the necessities they’ll need to get off to a terrific start. From pens, paperclips and notepads to custom welcome boxes, new hire name tags and desk plates that are personalized and practical, your newest team members will be ready to go!

Build an Onboarding Network

During the onboarding process, human resources is there to guide employees through the new hire process. Once they’re ready to begin work, assigning each new employee a peer mentor who has the experience and enthusiasm to provide support during the first few weeks or months of employment will go a long way in creating strong professional and working relationships. Scheduling some time for meet-and-greets and lunches with other employees and company leaders can also be a terrific way for new hires to get to know a variety of people throughout the company in a more relaxed social setting.

Make Short Term Goals

Setting short term goals for your new employees that are well defined, measurable, achievable, and relevant to their specific responsibilities will help them to develop confidence in their new positions, become familiar with your organization’s workflow processes, and learn the appropriate people to go to when questions or challenges arise.  Consider setting short term goals for 30, 60, and 90 day time frames.

Develop Long Term Goals

As short term goals are met, begin to create longer term goals that will encourage learning and professional growth over time. These goals will give new employees something specific to strive for, keeping them interested, engaged, and productive.

Investing in your newest employees from the start of the onboarding process is one of the best ways to ensure that they are off to a wonderful start and a successful transition to becoming contributing members of your team. Whether your onboarding program is three weeks, three months, or longer, when employees are offered the tools, training, and information tailored to their specific jobs, they’re sure to be off to their best start!

Building Professional Relationships with Name Tags and Badges

Your name is more than the grouping of letters that have adorned your birth certificate since the day you were born. Your name is a part of your identity that becomes an element of who you are like nothing else will. Names are shared everywhere, especially via name tags in the workplace. As commonplace as they seem, are name badges really worth all the fuss? Absolutely!

Think of everyone that represents your company, small business, or any other defined group as ambassadors of your brand. Hired for their knowledge and abilities to help your organization succeed, well-designed name tags will help these employees, volunteers, and others make their best first impression and inspire meaningful conversation between staff and guests.

Name Tags Build Brand Identity

Creating a memorable company identity is at the core of every successful business. Branding and company recognition often begins with that first face-to-face introduction where names become a key component of this introductory conversation. Name tags and badges that include your company’s logo that include your company’s logo will immediately link your employee’s name and face with your business, reinforcing your brand and identity. Be sure your team’s name tags are free of scratches, faded text, or other imperfections so their professional best is proudly on display!

Name Tags Encourage Personal Interaction

Once you’re introduced to someone by name, you’re both more likely to feel an immediate level of comfort and approachability. And whether your business has a few employees, hundreds, or even thousands, personal interaction goes a long way toward making everyone feel that ‘We’re all on the same team!’ and are working together toward a common goal. For volunteers and other guests, visitor name badges are a wonderful way to make them feel welcome and a part of the interaction.

Name Tags Inspire Personal Expression and Confidence

If your business is one that allows a bit of freedom with personal name tags, they can be a terrific way to learn a fun fact or two about the person wearing the badge while increasing a bit of self-confidence along the way. Perhaps a name tag could display a museum guide’s favorite exhibit. An airline employee’s badge may include the location of that once-in-a-lifetime trip. Or a name tag could include a restaurant employee’s favorite food. The creative possibilities are endless!

Name Tags Display Status, Promotions, and Growth

Name tags offer a terrific way for new employees to quickly recognize others and their respective roles within the workplace. In addition to learning who fulfills which job, specialized name badges are wonderful ways to highlight those well-deserved promotions and other avenues of growth within an organization.

Name Tags Provide an Added Level of Security

When everyone is required to wear name badges, including employees, volunteers, and guests, it is easy to identify others at a glance to be sure they have permission to be where they are – and especially easy to spot someone not wearing a badge who should not be in a specified area.

Whether yours is a corner bakery, the neighborhood’s favorite pizza parlor, or a multinational company, name tags are ideal for associating your respected employees with your valued guests and potential customers.

Remember Name Tags for Your Next Open House

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Open House Basic Tips

Summer is upon us, and with the warmer months approaching, many people will be looking to purchase a new home or move apartments. An estimated 80% of moves happen between April and September1 and home buying season usually starts in March and goes through summer.2 As such, hosting an open house during the following months could benefit your real estate agency in securing your next sale.

What is an Open House?

An open house is an event orchestrated by real estate agencies, rental properties, and home owners to open a property to the public to view and show potential interest in purchasing or renting. It allows real estate agents or property staff to meet and interact with prospective clients and potentially secure a sale or rental agreement.

Do Open Houses Work?

Real Estate Agent Displaying House to CoupleThere is some contention on whether open houses help sell houses or seal a new rental. Many agents find that open houses rarely end with buyers purchasing the property while others meet with frequent success. However, the main benefit of an open house is building a repertoire with prospective clients. Nurturing a trusting relationship between agent and buyer is important, and ensuring that your clients remember your name or the name of your agency with a custom real estate name tag will mean a greater chance of buyers coming to you when they become interested in purchasing a new home.

Open House Checklist

To run a successful open house, you will need to prepare ahead of time. A lot can go into these preparations, so here are six basic items to remember.

1. Advertise

Real Estate Agent in Front of Paper ListingsNo one will attend your open house if they don’t know you’re hosting one to begin with. Spreading the word is a vital early step in preparing your event. Share the event on your company’s website and social media pages or distribute outdoor signs to catch the attention of motorists and other by passers to inform them of your property’s location and the date of your open house.

2. Cleanliness

Woman Wiping CountertopEnsure the property is clean. Showing a filthy house or apartment unit will turn people away and leave a poor impression on the capabilities and trustworthiness of you and your company. Sweep and mop any non-carpeted areas, vacuum carpets and rugs, dust and wipe off counter tops, and clean windows and mirrors to show your clients the best version of the property.

3. Staging

Woman Hanging a Framed Print of a SeahorseStaging refers to the process of strategically placing furniture and decor to demonstrate the potential of a living space. It gives clients an idea of how they could arrange their own furniture, what they like or dislike about the current set-up, and how they can emulate or improve upon it. Showing those attending your open house the property’s potential with proper staging helps them imagine themselves living in the space which could mean the difference in a new or lost sale.

4. Refreshments

People Enjoying a Fruit & Cheese PlatterAs previously stated, open houses are primarily for building a relationship with prospective clients, and providing refreshments is a perfect way to do that. Coffee, juice, meat and cheese trays, fresh fruit, and cookies are all wonderful ideas. Bonus points if the cookies are homemade. This provides you an opportunity to connect with and get to know individuals or groups over a snack while they mull over the property and allows them to ask any questions they may have. Getting clients to trust you will mean there is a greater chance of them turning to you should they decide to submit an offer for the property or utilizing you for further house hunting opportunities.

5. Sign-In

Woman Typing on a Laptop KeyboardKeeping track of guests allows you to follow up with them later if they show interest in the property. Setting up a check-in area near the entrance of the house or rental unit is a quick and easy method of logging visitors. Provide a sign-in book, laptop, or tablet and perhaps a stack of reusable chalkboard name tags near the front door for guests to write their names on so you can easily learn their names.

6. Staying Memorable

Business Partners Shaking HandsSince the general purpose of an open house is to stay memorable to potential and future home buyers, wearing an eye-catching name tag from Name Tag Wizard works well in tandem while you host your event. Customized with your name and agency’s logo, a house-shaped name tag is perfect for getting guests to remember you. Be sure to include your name and title as well as your agency’s name and logo so anyone you meet at your open house can easily remember you and your company.

Prepare for your next open house with these tips and a custom real estate name tag from Name Tag Wizard!



International Receptionist Day is May 8th

Say Thank You with Custom Gifts



Get out your calendar, you’ll need to write this down. May 8th, 2019 is International Receptionist Day! Each year, on the second Wednesday in May, we celebrate those who make our work possible. There are over 1,053,700 receptionists in the U.S. alone and growing!1 Their roles vary from greeting clients to distributing correspondence and keeping updated records. Whether they prefer to be called receptionist, front end manager, or customer service assistant, don’t forget to tell him or her “thank you” this year in May.

Reasons We Appreciate Our Receptionists

 1. They ensure a wonderful experience for clients and customers.

Receptionists are often the first interaction the customer has with your company. Their warm smile and positive attitude paired with a professional name tag make them stand out with each customer they meet.

2. Receptionists enhance professionalism in the workplace.

Whether it’s making sure the company looks polished, displaying exquisite etiquette or maintaining their poise, receptionists lead by example.

3. They keep the business running efficiently.

Organization can make or break your ability to succeed in the workplace. Receptionists are experts on your company and will ensure clients and customers find what they need.

4. They enthusiastically support clients and employees.

They know how to answer every question your clients have. They provide information to keep customers happy and returning. When an employee needs assistance, your receptionists offers it with a smile.

5. We would be lost without our receptionists!

Receptionists have an impressive ability to adapt! When the internet or phone lines are down, orders aren’t being shipped on time or any other common workplace issue arises, your receptionist helps maintain a positive interaction with your customer until things are resolved. Receptionists represent the companies they work for, not just with a smile and warm welcome, but by keeping the workplace in order.



Show your receptionist you care

A verbal “thank you” goes a long way, but on a special occasion like National Receptionist Day, you’ll want to offer more. Without the support of your front office staff, you might not be where you are today. Even though we are appreciative of our receptionists every day, we might not show it. So, on National Receptionist Day, surprise him or her with a customizable wall plate or full color desk block. Custom name plates offer a commemorative way to set your receptionist’s name apart, and they help customers feel at ease as soon as they enter your place of business.

Share with Us

To learn more about International Receptionist Day, you can visit  Don’t forget to celebrate this day by posting photos using #InternationalReceptionistDay. Share photos of them with their new gifts and tag us at @NameTagWizard on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!




Ordering Name Tags: When to Save and When to Splurge

There are many options to choose from when ordering custom name tags. When purchasing name tags online, you should consider three key things: price, use or occasion, and who will wear the name tag. At, we have many customization options and name tag styles. To help you decide when to splurge and when to save, we’ve laid out some of our best badges for each situation.

When to Spend a Little More on Name Tags

Are you purchasing name tags for executives and long term employees? You should definitely go the extra mile and order badges that will represent your top employees and your company in the best light. We offer full color UV printing on plastic and metal name tags. This allows you to feature color-matched company logos, plus you can add 2 lines of custom text for each staff member’s name and position. Our fancy name tags feature a beveled edge and frame that adds durability and style.


Certain businesses can afford to add sparkle to their name tags! If you’re ordering name tags for a salon, jewelry store, fun boutique or similar company type, order bling badges. Our rhinestone framed name tags are available with full color printing or engraving and are designed to highlight your staff members’ names with style.

If you have an important company event, trade show or conference coming up, our high-end name tags are your best option. These badges represent your company name and employees in a professional way.

When to Save Money on Name Tags

Other situations call for affordable or basic name tags. When hiring seasonal or temporary employees or heading to a company event, more affordable options are ideal. Our affordable name tags are still produced with high quality materials, but they’re marked at a lower price because they feature basic customization options.

You can order gold or silver name tags with 2 lines of text and your company logo for $7.95 per tag. (These are available in plastic and aluminum.) Our magnets add an additional $2.00 to each tag, but if you choose a pin backing, you can save more money. We also offer quantity discounts. Click here to order our $7.95 1″ x 3″ logo name tag.

If you’re looking for name tags for seasonal or temporary employees, our small 1-line name tags are the perfect choice. Make sure store associates and staff are represented with simple text-only name tags that feature their name. There are several color choices available.

Reusable Badges for Visitors & More

Looking to keep track of visitors to your campus or building? We have reusable name tags that allow you to easily write names and visitation times in dry erase marker or chalk. You can keep track of who is on your business grounds at all times by ordering affordable dry erase or chalkboard name tags. We can even customize them with your logo or school mascot!


Also, instead of ordering “Hello My Name Is” stickers each time you have an event, you can order reusable visitor badges. These are available in the classic red and white and will allow you to write and erase names for many uses. No more stickers to tear off and throw in the trash after they’re used.

Our Unique Name Tags

Also, see our unique offerings. We have leatherette name tags and cool shapes to keep your individualism and branding in place. For restaurants, boutiques, schools and more, you can find unique name tags for your staff. Our UV printing and engraving provides limitless customization options that will help you represent your company and employees in the best way possible.

Let Us Help!

If you have questions about our name tags, or need help placing an order, contact our Customer Focus Team now! We will be glad to assist you.

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How to Design your Photo ID Badges

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Implementing a photo ID badge system for your company has many different benefits, from helping your employees connect with customers to keeping your grounds safe. If you’ve decided ID badges are a good option for your team, there are a few important factors to consider before you begin the design process. Whether you’re ordering photo IDs for your team of 10, 100 or 1,000, having a plan in place for your new badges will make everything more efficient and leave you with professional, cohesive badges.

What information needs to be on each card?

To help you answer this question, first consider what your photo ID badge’s main purpose is. Are they to help your team interact with customers? Do you want to increase your building’s security? Once you recognize the main goal of your badges, you’ll be able to better select what information needs to be included. Don’t get carried away with adding information that isn’t of any real importance because it will leave your ID badges cluttered.

What should your employees photos look like?

With photo ID badges, the pictures of your employees is a very important element that shouldn’t be overlooked. If you want your badges to look cohesive and professional, consider setting a day or two to take all of your employees’ photos. Ask them to wear a specific color or professional clothing and shoot each photo in front of the same backdrop with the same lighting. This will help you ensure all of their photos look uniform. Read our tips for taking the best photo ID pictures here.

What brand elements should be included?

Many companies overlook the branding opportunity in name tags and photo ID badges. Be sure to design your new badges with your brand in mind. What colors are present in your logo and other branding elements? What fonts do you use on your website, brochures, and other marketing materials? Use these same elements when designing your badges!

What orientation is best for your badges?

Once you’ve decided on the information that should be included and have your design in mind, it’s time to think about what orientation will work best for your photo ID badges. Will your design work best on a horizontal or vertical badge? Try both options and see how what makes everything fit best.

What security features do you need?

Many companies choose to implement a photo ID badge system to increase their security. If this is the case for your business, don’t forget to personalize each ID badge with the unique bar code your employees will need to enter your building or a department on your campus.

How will your employees wear them?

Will your team members wear their ID badges on a lanyard around their neck or with a magnet on their shirt pocket or collar? Consider how you want your employees to wear their new badges before you finalize your order. You’ll need to choose from all of our backing options, so thinking about this beforehand can help you get ahead of the game. It is also helpful to know that magnetic badges are often the most popular because they provide ease of removal and they do not poke holes in clothing.

Now that you’ve considered these key elements of your ID badge, you’re ready to design your new badges and place your order. What’s great about choosing Name Tag Wizard is you’ll get your new photo ID badges really quickly! Most of our orders ship the very next business day, and we always stand behind our product to ensure you’re 100% satisfied with your product. We hope we’ve made designing your new badges a bit easier!


7 Tips for Welcoming New Employees

Expanding your team is exciting for any company. It signals the growth of your business and gives you the opportunity to bring new talent onto your team. On a new employee’s first day, you want to make a positive impression and properly welcome them into your work environment. Just as a first impression says a lot about a person, an employee’s first day in the office teaches them a lot about your company and how it operates. Make sure you’re always ready for the arrival of your new employees with these tips for welcoming them!

1. Establish a Company Process for New Hires

Establish a formalized process for welcoming new employees into the office. By having a company-wide process in place, you will avoid any confusion and keep things consistent across the board. Often times new employees begin their first day on the job in the Human Resources or Training departments. Find what works for your company, make sure your entire leadership department understand the process, and keep it consistent.

Employee Meeting

2.  Be Transparent

What are your goals for your new hire? And what standards will they have to follow? Knowledge is power, so educate your new employee on your expectations for them and your team as a whole so they are set up for success from day one. Tell them about your company’s mission and how they are a valuable piece of the whole picture.

3. Have their Work Space Ready

Will your new team member have their own work space? Make sure it is ready for them. Clean their desk and make sure all equipment is set up and ready for their arrival. You of course want your new employee to feel welcome and like you’ve been anticipating their first day. Make sure their new work space reflects that. Complete their new desk with a desk plate or engraved cubicle sign so they know you’re considering them a permanent part of your team.

4. Tell your Current Employees

Let your current team know there will be a new member of your team joining so they too can make them feel welcome. Some companies like to send their new hire emails to read on their first day or have an ice cream social so everyone has a chance to get to know them. Instead of having your employees wonder who the new face in the office is, prepare them for their arrival so they’re ready to introduce themselves.

Custom Name Tag for Dentists

5. Give Them the Tools They’ll Need

Consider what tools they will need in their new role, and have them made and ready for them before they arrive. If your new employee will be interacting with customers, make sure you have a new name tag ready for their first day. Not only will this help them when they’re engaging with your customers, it will also help your current employees remember their name faster and make conversation easier.

6. Take Them to Lunch

An employees first day can be a little intimidating and even overwhelming. There are so many new things to learn, and so many new people to meet. Make their first day easier by taking them out to lunch! And while you’re at the restaurant, leave the office and work behind and get to know them on a more personal level. Give them a break from learning all the ropes and instead show them you genuinely care about them as a person and are happy to have them on your team.

7. Follow Up with your New Employees

Don’t wait until their 90 days to ask them how everything is going. Check back in with them often and ask how their training is going and if they’re getting the hang of things. As we mentioned, starting a new job can be overwhelming because it’s a lot of information to process and retain. By following up with your new employees, you’ll show them you care about their individual welcoming and training experience and want to set them up for success.

Now that you have your established new hire system in place, you’re ready to welcome your new hire! Making a great first impression to your new employees is key to your success as a company, but as long as you prepare yourself ahead of time and do your best to make them feel welcomed, they’re sure to love their new work environment.


Common Name Tag & Photo ID Badge Mistakes

Name tags, photo ID badges, and other professional identification tools can have a huge, positive impact on your company. Not only will they make your team more approachable to your customers, they are also a great opportunity to establish your brand. When designed and used properly, there are so many benefits to your ID tools, but there are also many common mistakes in name tags companies often overlook. It’s a common misconception that by just having name tags your business will already be ahead of the competition, but by wearing ID tools that don’t represent your brand or are made poorly, you may be doing more harm than good. When ordering your team’s name tags, photo ID badges, desk plates, etc. be sure to avoid these common mistakes!

Photo ID Badge for Medical Professionals
Clearly separate your background image from your text.

1. Design Flaws

Designing your company’s new name tags is an exciting experience and the possibilities truly are endless, but sometimes those design possibilities can be taken a bit too far. Keep in mind to not get too carried away and clutter your name tags or photo IDs. The intention of your name tags should be clear and concise. A simple logo, complimentary colors, the employee’s name and their title is all that is necessary. If you choose to incorporate a background image on your name tags, make sure your font is legible over the design and in the right contrasting color so your customers will never struggle to read the badge.

2. Missed Errors

Always have a designated person on your team to proofread every name tag before your final order is submitted. A simple typo or misspelling of a team member’s name will really detract from the overall goal of your name tags, and while we will always do our best to catch obvious errors, there may be some that we wouldn’t be able to recognize. The last thing you want to do is offend an employee by misspelling their name or giving them the wrong title.

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Use your name tags as a branding opportunity.

3. Missed Marketing Opportunities

While that small name tag on your employees collar or the photo ID badge on their lanyard may not seem like a huge marketing opportunity, it truly is! Your professional ID tools are a powerful tool for branding your company. It’s often said that the best branding begins from within, and that statement could not be more true. Use your name tags, photo ID badges, desk plates and other tools to make your brand identity known to both your employees and your customers.

4. Sacrificing Quality

If you’re going to invest the money in professional identification tools (and, of course, we believe it’s one of the greatest investments you could make), make sure you do it right. Choose quality when deciding where you will order your name tags from and the materials you want to be used. Here at Name Tag Wizard, not only do we create top-of-the-line name tags, we always stand behind our product, so in the rare occasion that there is a flaw, we will always make sure to do the right thing and ensure your satisfaction as our customer.

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Your employees should always wear their name badges.

5. Not Using Them

And finally, make sure your team always wears their name tags and photo ID badges! What would be the purpose of having them if they’re not being put to good use? Not only would they be a waste of your company’s money, it will be a missed opportunity across the board, from a customer-service standpoint all the way back to your marketing and branding goals.

Professional identification tools can really benefit your company in a lot of ways, whether you’re a small business or a huge corporation. They will make your customers feel welcomed, help establish great relationships both externally and internally, and help you create a memorable brand. While the positive impact could be huge, be sure to always remember these common mistakes when ordering your name tags, photo ID badges and more so you can avoid making them yourself. For answers to your questions about how to design your name tag, what artwork can be uploaded during your design process, or how to take the best photo ID photo, browse our blog for tips from the ID professionals!

18 Tips for Success in 2018

While it may be hard to believe, 2017 is quickly coming to a close, but with a new year comes the opportunity to set new goals. Whether it’s starting your own small business, increasing your company’s profits, or getting the promotion you’ve been dreaming of, it all starts with deciding what you truly want. Clearly defining your goals before January 1st is a great way to start the new year off right. Today we’re sharing our 18 tips for a successful 2018, from getting yourself in the right headspace before the year begins, to the things you’ll want to remember as you conquer the year.

1. Get started early

Don’t wait until January 1st to decide what your resolution and yearly goals will be. Get ahead of the game, determine what you want, and find the mentality you’ll need to be successful in the new year.

2. Map out your goals

Once you’ve decided what it is you want to accomplish in 2018, write it all down and separate your work and personal goals.  When mapping out your work goals, break down your responsibilities into different categories and focus on what it is you want to achieve within each category.

Notebook with Goals

3. Take small steps

Make big goals more attainable by identifying what small steps you need to take to reach them. For example, if your main goal for 2018 is to be more productive, you might wake up earlier and create a workspace that eliminates distractions.

4. Set intentions

Another proven way to reach your goals is to set daily intentions. When you wake up each morning, determine what it is you want to accomplish that day. Whether it’s keeping a positive attitude or knocking out a reasonable to-do list, it’ll be easier to guide yourself through the day with an intention.

5. Be valuable

One of the fastest ways to gain more customers or get that promotion is to show your value, but before you can show the world why you’re an asset, you must first recognize it yourself. What do you bring to the table that no one else does? What makes your specific skill set unique? Know what makes you important and be sure your peers do, too.

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6. Continue learning

Recognizing your value is important, but so is remembering there is always room for improvement. Take every opportunity you get to continue learning and bettering yourself.

7. Commit to a healthy lifestyle

When improving yourself mentally, don’t forget to improve yourself physically. Whether you commit to a workout routine or choose to eat healthier, you will feel stronger and more capable of achieving your goals.

8. Volunteer your time

Make it a point to feed your soul in the new year. These days, it’s easy to overlook how fortunate we are when we get busy with our daily hustle. Take a few days out of your year, or more if you’re able, and volunteer to help others in need.

9. Stay organized

At times, you’ll undoubtedly be overwhelmed with all there is to do. Making lists or keeping notes is the easiest way to stay organized and be sure you get everything done in a timely fashion. Buy a planner or a personalized portfolio to make staying organized easier and a bit more fun.

Personalized Portfolio

10. Be grateful

Another great way to gain perspective when you’re feeling overwhelmed is to think of how lucky you are. If you have a job, a roof over your head, and people who care for you, you’re automatically better off than many others in the world. Don’t forget to be practice gratitude every single day.

11. Welcome small failures

When a big project doesn’t turn out the way you’d imagined or you miss a deadline, find a way to make it benefit you. If we never failed, we would never improve, so take each failure as a learning opportunity.

12. Travel

What is all the success in the world worth if you don’t take the time to enjoy experiences? If there’s a country you’ve been dying to visit, or a loved one in another state you miss, buy the ticket and take the ride.  Be sure to travel safely with our tips and avoid worrying about finding your luggage with a personalized tag. Not only will travel give you a well-deserved break, experiencing new things will also expand your mind.

13.  Spend time with family

At the end of the day, it’s not about where you are but who you’re with. Chasing your dreams is time-consuming and stressful, but be sure to always make time for those who mean the most to you, whether it’s your family or your close friends.

14. Share your goals

Always share your goals with your team. Not only will it empower you to turn your plan into a reality, but your transparency will also give your team the motivation they need to do their part. Make sure your team is equipped for success with tools like name tags for customer interactions or photo ID badges to increase security.

Inspirational Team Meeting

15. Celebrate small victories

Each time you reach your sales target or gain a new profitable account, recognize how that accomplishment puts you one step closer to reaching your overall goal. By celebrating small victories, you’ll inspire yourself and your team to keep up the momentum.

16. Envision your success

So often we put all of our focus on what we need to do to get there, but don’t think about what it will be like when we arrive. What will it look like when you reach your goal? How will you feel about what you’ve accomplished? Envisioning your success helps you take the right steps to get you there.

17. Stay positive

Success is hardly ever achieved over night. You’ll face stress, failure, and hardship along the way, so it’s important to stay positive. Always remember you’re capable of getting exactly what you want out of life, as long as you’re willing to put the work in and never give up.

18. Plan for the future

Where would you like to see yourself three, five or even 10 years down the road? Some things may be hard to accomplish in just a years time, especially if they’re huge goals, so think about your long term goals and give yourself a place to begin next new year. You may even surprise yourself and accomplish them in a shorter amount of time than you thought.

We hope you feel ready to map out your goals, take steps towards them, and celebrate your small victories along the way. With your priorities in order and the right mentality you’re sure to make 2018 the best year yet! So what will your plan for success be going into the new year?