Public ID Badges

Name badges on are a common and recognizable part of corporate, medical or service-related attire. How much or how little information the name badges divulge is based upon how much personal information the viewer is entitled to know. Shop clerks, mechanics, and restaurant staff usually have their first names printed on name badges. Their last names are not important to the task at hand and their responsibility to customers does not involve revealing a full name which might lead to an intrusion into their private lives.

The medical field requires ID badges for each and every member on the payroll. Nurses, technicians and other caregivers are rarely required to have their full name printed on the name badge attached to their smocks or lab coats, but a first name and a last name initial are often the norm. Doctors, on the other hand, usually have their title precede their first initial and full last name, followed by their fields of expertise.

Police officers’ name badge and ID badge requirements can be different depending on location, department and size of the constabulary. All officers wear a metal name badge on their uniforms. It will state his or her first initial and last name. An exception to that rule occurs in large departments where there may be more than one person with the same last name in common. For instance, two John Smiths would be listed as J. Smith and John Smith. When interacting with the civilians, it is important for them to be identified by name for the sake of witness, quality control and safety. Firemen follow the same procedures as police officers except for one difference. Policemen wear name badges on their jackets, also.

Firemen have their names stenciled on their turn-out gear since it would be too easy to lose an ID badge in the course of fighting a fire.

Corporate entities, banks especially, often require an employee to wear an ID or name badge. Again, personal privacy is protected by rarely revealing more than the first name and department. Some bank employees of higher ranking will have their names displayed with a first name initial and last name or just their last names preceded by Mr. or Ms. The title “Ms.” can still irritate those of the older generations, since it is still considered a relatively new title. However, by not revealing a female employee’s marital status, the chance of her privacy being breached outside of work is much lower.