Creating a Culture of Respect in the Workplace

Whether your business is a restaurant or retail store or even an office, there needs to be an established culture of respect. So, what does respect mean to your business culture (regardless of the type of business you run)?

What is culture? It is the customs, arts, social institutions and achievements of a particular nation, people or other social groups. And, what is respect? It is a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities or achievements. Now that we have those, let’s put them together.

What is a culture of respect, especially when it comes to your business? A culture of respect is when your business or organization feels admiration for the achievements of someone such as an employee, a volunteer or any member of your team.

When people respect you as a person, they admire you. When they respect you as a friend, they love you. When they respect you as a leader, they follow you.”

John C. Maxwell, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You
Creating a culture of respect for your business well keep customers coming back.

Creating Respect

Without respect, businesses wouldn’t get anywhere. There are many examples in the world where people go to companies and have a terrible experience because they didn’t get the quality of service they wanted. This happens in restaurants because servers are having a bad day and don’t give the attention that a customer should deserve. It can occur as a customer service rep in a retail establishment for the same reason.

Name Tags and a Culture of Respect

So, how does a culture of respect pertain to name tags? How do name tags help you respect someone who does well at their job? Is it because you know their name, or is it because the idea of a uniform has influenced us?

Logo name tags can help your business create a culture of respect for both employees and customers.

No matter your view on name tags, certain informational aspects answer these questions. We’ve all been influenced by the idea of a uniform; it keeps us connected with employees of a business. Part of this uniform can sometimes be a name tag. Name tags help keep both the customer and the employee respectful toward each other. Let’s take one element at a time.

First, the logo or company name.

People associate the company logo and employees with the organization when employees wear logo name tags at conventions and trade shows. Another benefit to having a logo is that employees tend to keep their name tags on when they go on their lunch break or commute to and from work. By doing so, they advertise the company to the public and make the brand more memorable.

Second, the person’s name.

We all want to be recognized as individuals, and wearing a name tag helps with that goal. Whether the tag is for a business venture or a personal one, your name should be the thing that catches someone’s eye. And, by having your name visible to others, especially those who might not know you, you become more approachable, and in turn, more trustworthy.

People who respect each other help each other. They support each other as employees and as people. Not only does this mean that employees will have richer, more positive relationships at work but also when there is a culture of support, employees won’t be afraid to ask for help. This ultimately makes everyone more comfortable and effective in his or her job.

Third, the person’s title.

This title can vary from anything such as cashier to customer service agent and even store manager. Even designer and marketing or sales titles help customers, clientele and other employees understand the type of service and answers they can get from specific people. These answers then become how these individuals can measure the respect they will receive from the business.

Respect in the Workplace

Creating this culture takes many steps, one of which is paying attention to the ladder of succession. Respect comes from the way employers treat employees. Customers can pick up on if a boss does not treat his employees with respect. If a boss doesn’t respect the employee, then that employee will not treat the customers with respect. Then, in the long run, the customers will not respect the business.

One of the biggest problems that businesses face is keeping the culture of respect open to customers. As a business, you should have a level of respect for each customer to respect your business. Other things that will help a company earn the respect of their customers and employees is having proper signage around the office or store. This can include any needed name plates and identification for everyone who works for the business, even if they are volunteers.

Respect is the glue for strong, lasting relationships. It’s an ingredient to grow self-worth and confidence in your employees. Confident employees, in turn, are pro-active and innovative, actively participating in growing the company, and therefore, also your profits. Respect is what empowers people and breed a culture of continuous improvement. And the culture of continuous improvement, promises longevity and success, something that every company aspires to.

So, how does your company define culture of respect?

Remember that this respect goes both ways. If anyone is missing respect, then the rest of them will eventually be missing this respect. Developing and maintaining a culture of respect doesn’t have to be tricky. It is merely recognizing that customers deserve respect and that you deserve respect as a business owner.

No matter what, always remember that to earn respect, you must return it. And don’t forget the name tag! Remember that they give off an air of respect by simply making them part of a uniform for your company.

Business Success and Taking Small Steps

Whether you are a business or an individual, success comes one small step at a time. Each small step you take leads you toward something bigger. And, the more ambitious you are, the bigger that end prize is. One small step you can take for business success is committing to using name tags and other identification tools.

Here are several products that will work together and help you find business success. But, no matter what, always remember that success comes one small step at a time.

1) Name Tags and Matching Name Plates

Matching name plates and name tags from Coller Industries will help your company find business success.

We start with the most obvious name tag tools: a name tag and a name plate. These two are often interchangeable, but they go together as well. A great example of this is when a salesperson wears a name tag while away from the office. Once they are back in the office, all visitors will recognize their name plate logo and name.

Using these identification tools on business or corporate levels will help you find business success, one step at a time. You can continue to move closer every day to your goals when others know who you are and what your business does. Name tags are the perfect tools to get your name out there.

2) Badge Holders & Badge Ribbons

Badge holders and ribbons from Coller Industries will help your company find business success.

Using these identification tools for conferences or conventions will also help with brand recognition. Your business success depends on people being able to recognize it when they see it. So, give them help with using your logo everywhere you can put it.

Conventions and conferences (even online) can help you get your name out there. Always remember to wear identification when attending these events. Badge holders make wearing identification easy as you can change what you are wearing. Print a new insert for every event and add things that are relatable to your experience. Then add ribbons to each badge to help distinguish yourself from possible competition.

3) Rosette Ribbons & Award Plaques

Rosette Ribbons and Award Plaques from Coller Industries will help your company find business success.

Let your colleagues and customers know how much they are valued. Rewarding progress is part of finding success in business. Not only do you need to create positive habits, but you also need to make time for recognizing a job well done. Tracking employee progress helps you to review how your company is doing as a whole.

From award plaques to rosette ribbons, you can customize gifts and rewards to those deserving of recognition. These identification tools are also great for displaying business awards and other achievements. Celebrate every success you have, even the small ones!

Increasing Visibility adds to Business Success

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Chinese Proverb

By creating positive habits, you build into your business success. One of these habits is starting to use name tags. Add a logo to a tag color of your choice to help your brand visibility. By doing this, you are making it so that your employees and customers will always see your logo. This increases your visibility and lets customers (and employees) know that your business matters.

Learn other ways to make your business grow: 3 Ways to Find Business Success with Ribbons

New Year, New You (and New Name Tags)

Exciting things are happening in the world of name tags. We anticipate new products and many updated ways to use our products this year. We think that the best part of starting a new year is updating your company with new name tags!

New name tags are sure to be the best purchase you will make this year. And we’re sure your employees, volunteers and other staff will thank you. So, spice up your look with brand new identification!

Are you in need of new name tags?

Whether your name tags are just a couple of years old or are in desperate need of an upgrade, we have just what you are looking for. Our high-quality products are perfect for every identification need. Choose from engraved names and logos to bright, colorful printing (UV and full color).

Finding the Right Type of Logos

With several options available, your logo will never look better! Choose from simple engraving to our full color options. No matter what your logo looks like, it will look amazing on a metal or plastic name tag. Even if your logo has multiple colors (or white), we have a solution for you.

What makes a good name tag logo?

Frequently, a logo designed for use on the internet or printed media doesn’t come off as well when you try to fit it onto your name tag. Assuming you made the decision to have a logo on your name tags, here are a few things to consider.

  • Keep the size of the tag in mind. In most cases, the logo will be much smaller, and little details won’t be as visible anymore.
  • Remember that you may have to be flexible on the colors associated with your logo.
  • When adding names and logos, remember that the smaller your logo, the larger it’s presence can be.
  • Try to limit the amount of detail in your logo. Smaller details are not visible from a distance or on a smaller name tag. You only need enough detail to make the logo recognizable.
  • Even if your logo is mostly used for the internet or printed media, you should plan and have a single color version created. This is primarily used for our engraved tags.
  • Finally, consider a custom shaped tag. Your name tag might cut into a shape that follows your logo. Then you can add names and titles.
New name tags and name plates for every business

Match your name plates to your name tags for extra branding!

Just like our name tags, we have several options for your name plate needs. We even have a reusable option for short term or temporary positions. Choose from engraving or printing for names, titles and logos. Or, add directions and other useful signage to your business.

But no matter what you need, remember you can get it all in one place: Coller Industries. We are your one-stop-shop for everything identification related!

Small Business Identification

So you just started your business, and you need some help with your name tags and other small business identification needs? Well, look no further as you have reached the Name Tag Experts! We know just what your identification needs should look like. From adding a logo to designing and layout, we’ve got you covered.

First, you need to understand that it’s all about your business. Think about why you started the company (i.e., what your product or service offers your customers). Now that you have that in mind, you can begin to think about which identification products you need to order. From name tags to ribbons, we have everything you will need.

A Five Step Guide to the Perfect Name Tags

Engraved, gold plastic name tag with a company, name and title for small business identification.

Let’s start with name tags! A name tag is a powerful tool that, when designed correctly, makes your business memorable. If you want customers to remember you and connect with your company’s representatives, let us help you learn how to design the perfect name tags for your business.

1. Decide what you want to accomplish with your name tags. This goal will determine what you put on them.

2. Figure out which tag size you need. Choose a size that matches your logo and the information you need to add to it.

3. Design your layout. Allow enough space around your text and logo so the viewer can distinguish each piece of information.

4. Choose a font for your text. The font gives your name tag a certain vibe, so make sure it matches how your business helps your customers.

5. Select the color combination for your name tags. While your name tag colors should match your brand identity, remember that your text still needs to be readable.

If you need any additional help trying to figure out which product is best for your small business identification, use our name tag selection guide to help.

Name Tag Selection Guide

Make sure your name tags provide all of the necessary information. Most importantly, for a name tag to do the job required, the name must be easy to read from a comfortable distance. Other valuable information to include can be a title; this can help open communication at networking events and between your employee and the customer. (Learn more at https://www.nametag.com/selection-guides/name-tags/.)

Making Small Business Identification Work for You

Now that you have selected the perfect name tag, think about what other needs your company has. All small business identification should retain your original business message: how does your product/service best serve your customer. So, when you are ordering name plates, ribbons and even award plaques, remember that consistency is a must.

Matching engraved name plate and name tag for small business identification.

From colors to logos, consistency matters.

Using name tags, name badges and other personal identification items will establish your brand. Your brand is how you define yourself and your business. By defining this as you get started, you help establish your company as an industry leader. Finding the right consistency with logos, colors and fonts helps to solidify your message.

Make sure to use the same colors for all of your logo work. Find a way to keep your logo and text the same on all name tags and name plates. If your office uses signage, make sure to include the proper colors and consistency. A company who ensures that their brand is well developed will retain connections with their clients and customers.

Ribbons, Lanyards and Other Identification Products

Make sure that everything you use for your business matches your message. From ribbons and lanyards to all of your name tags, use your logo and business colors for the best recognition. Some companies eventually rebrand or change their colors. If you end up doing this, remember to update your name tags and ribbons to match. Your customers will thank you as they continue to do business with you.

Do you need more identification tips? We provide many tips and strategies in our blogs, and you can always ask for help whenever you need it. So, leave a message, and we’ll get you the learning materials you need.

Name Day: What It Is & How to Celebrate

The name we received from our parents may be the most valuable possession we have. It discerns us from others, and it shapes our personalities and individuality. In many cultures and countries around the world, there is a celebration of someone’s name every day of the year. Many cultures call this celebration a Name Day.

happy name day greeting

The best thing about name days is that you don’t need to know your friend’s birthday to send them a greeting, you just need their name. And, while birthdays are certainly the most popular reason to celebrate and party in America, name days are just as important to many cultures around the world.

Is name day synonymous with birthday?

In short, the answer is no. However, there is so much more to the answer than a simple “yes or no.” Birthdays are just that, the day you were born. Your name day extends beyond and into more meaning than only you. You may share both days, but in many traditions, cultures and religions, your name day is more important than your birthday.

As a tradition in many countries in Europe and Latin America, people celebrate their name day once a year. This date is specific to your given name and the roots of that name. The tradition of celebrating this day flows back into Catholic and Orthodox countries since the Middle Ages and continues today. While those in North America don’t necessarily celebrate this day (other than an individual’s birthday), many cultures still hold this day in high regard.

Three name tags with different names, Renee's name day is celebrated on November 12th.

Celebrations of each name day are typically in commemoration of saints and martyrs of the Catholic church. For example, Sweden celebrates the name Karl on January 28, which is the anniversary of the death of Charlemagne. In some countries, such as Poland, there are several days for one name. In that situation, it is usually the closest one after the person’s birthday. Many countries regard these celebrations to be even more important than an actual birthday, as the latter was seen as a pagan tradition.

Why do you need to know the difference?

This became a popular topic when George R.R. Martin, author of Game of Thrones, refers to the topic in his books and the resulting television series. While Martin does not give us a clear definition of what name days are, he does mention name days coincide with birthdays. Fans of the series have speculated after reading or watching it that a name day is the character’s birthday.

George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones meme reference to Happy Name Day

The Nameday is a custom in the society of the Seven Kingdoms. It is an annual celebration commemorating the naming of a person and serves to calculate his or her age. Babies are named the same day they are born. People receive presents from friends and family on their nameday. 

In Martin’s words, “Stupidly, Jon argued. ‘I’ll be fifteen on my name day,’ he said. ‘Almost a man grown.'” (Found in The Song of Ice and Fire)

Martin gives other examples of people celebrating name days as similar to birthdays. One example is the continual mention of King Joffrey Baratheon’s name day celebration.

So, what are name days, and where do people celebrate them?

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines name days as “the church feast day of the saint after whom one is named.”

Many cultures and countries around the world put precedence on celebrating these specific name days. Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Italy and Russia are just a handful of countries that honor this celebration.

Two ladies setting up for a celebration of name day.
Fanny Brate – A Day of Celebration

In many cultures, there are first names associated with the days of the year. The associations between the days and the names have arisen through many reasons, but primarily because the church held a festival for a saint of that name on that day. For instance, the church feast of Saint Michael was held on September 29, and as a result, the name day for Michael is on September 29. In some countries, one’s nameday is more important than one’s birthday, and sometimes gifts are given.

While each culture may have different traditions surrounding name days, they all have one thing in common: the name. So, whether your name is Michelle or Karl, you have two days a year that are special to only you! While your birthday is indeed special, your name day carries just as much significance.

So, the next time you don’t know someone’s birthday, look up their name day and give them a cheerful gift of a new name tag. Or, get a name plate showing off their special date!