How We Show Gratitude & Appreciation

These are big words: gratitude, appreciation, community. And their meanings are even more significant!

these special valentines show how much gratitude and appreciation comes from our annual GEF donationEvery year around this time, Coller Industries receives a special package. Inside this package are not only handwritten thank you Valentines, but also lots and lots of love. We receive these cards every year due to our annual donations to the Granite Education Foundation. And every year, our hearts are filled with gratitude and appreciation for those in our community.

Enclosed in the package is also a letter from the board of Granite Education Foundation:

Hey, Valentine!

Exchanging heartfelt messages on Valentine’s Day is a well-loved tradition. While the earliest Valentines were little more than hastily scribbled notes, today we can choose from thousands of varieties, each designed for a specific relationship in our lives. A hundred years ago, only sweethearts exchanged Valentine’s Day cards, but the practice has spread to encompass friends, family, colleagues and supporters.

This year, Granite Education Foundation and students from throughout Granite School District want to express our heartfelt thanks for your continued generosity and support. Enclosed you will find hand-made Valentine’s Day cards that our students created with YOU in mind.

Each board member signs this letter as a token of their gratitude and appreciation for all our donation does for teachers, students and the school district.

these special valentines show how much gratitude and appreciation comes from our annual GEF donationGranite Education Foundation (GEF)

Federal and state funds do not meet the immense needs of our students, teachers and schools. The Granite Education Foundation provides access to resources that improve educational outcomes.

We provide educational opportunities for students of Granite School District.

We educate students, teachers and members of our community on ways to impact our community. Together, we CAN make a difference! We gather and give resources the GRANITE way. We impact children and teachers in public education. We advocate, inform and promote learning for students and their families.

The lessons we learn from helping in our community teaches us how to be grateful for what we have. And when we realize what we have, we give even more back to those around us.

these special valentines show how much gratitude and appreciation comes from our annual GEF donation

these special valentines show how much gratitude and appreciation comes from our annual GEF donation

Coller Industries is known for their impact in the community through product donations. But the annual contribution to GEF is the one donation that we deem the most poignant. We are giving to the schools, the children, and most importantly, we are providing for our future.

These actions we make each year fill our hearts with gratitude and appreciation for those around us. Those who strive every day to make a difference in the world. So, yes, we receive thank you cards, but we feel that we are the ones who should be the most grateful. And that, in essence, is why we give donations.

No Introduction Needed for Name Tags

From titles to names and pictures, name tags need no introduction.

classic name tags provide an introduction to those around youThe primary advantage of wearing a name tag is that it is an automatic introduction. No matter where they are worn, name tags instantly provide your credentials to those around you. They put you on a first name basis with everyone.

And, this advantage is perfectly demonstrated when it comes to business ethics. Name tags help your customers remember who you are. From a sales position to a waitress at the local diner, wearing a name tag gives that immediate recognition to anyone.

Here are other ways that name tags are your first introduction.

Uniforms and Branding

name tags provide not only an introduction but also security for any businessBy incorporating a name tag, from a simple Speedy Badge to a custom engraved logo, any uniform will stand out. And, each name tag will help with company branding. Sometimes just a specific color uniform shirt and pants don’t quite accomplish the job. Top off your company uniform with a name tag branded with your logo and company colors.

Then, each name tag will do the talking rather than keep customers guessing who works at your business. Using name tags, employees quickly identify those who work for the company. And this leads to our next point: security.

Security and Accountability

There it is again. We’re always mentioning security. Name tags are a simple way to control who comes in and out of your business. Make them mandatory. Both employees and visitors should wear them.

By giving employees name tags, you are providing security for your office or store. And, who doesn’t want a secure business? With a simple branding logo, employees are easily identified by customers and other employees. No one will ever have to guess at who their co-workers are again.

Providing name tags for all employees and visitors proves over and over that accountability is a necessity. Identifying those around your company will help with determining where problems are. They also help with making people take better responsibility for their surroundings.

Finally, remember that name tags are the best way to identify and give a first introduction to your company. From branding to security, name tags sure are helpful.

Gaining Our Wings with Donations

All angels have wings, right?

Coller Industries loves giving back to our community. It’s what helps define our business standards and practices. And, without these donations, we know we wouldn’t be complete. And this contribution goes to a fantastic corporation who knows the exact definition of helping and is helping us to get our wings.

The Arc of King County

donations to the arc of king county to that people can get their wingsFormed in 1936, The Arc of King County is a group of parents raising children with intellectual and developmental disabilities came together to advocate for their children’s rights to live, learn, work and play in the community. From these grassroots origins, the first parents of The Arc fought for their children’s rights to access housing, education, employment, and community resources such as transportation.

Their goal is to further the civil rights movement for all persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities to thrive as equal, valued, and active members of the community.

Brianne Roberson, Office Coordinator at The Arc of King County, summarizes by saying, “We offer supported living, homelessness prevention and civic engagement to promote and protect the rights of people with IDD.”

Donations are part of who we are.

donations, mighty badges and helping people get their wingsFrom engraved logos to printable inserts, one of our most popular products is our Mighty Badges. Due to the versatility of these name badges, our customers keep coming back for them time and time again. The Arc is no different. Coller Industries provided Standard Mighty Badges with a white back plate for The Arc. Mighty Badges with logos make the process effortless. Now all they have to do is print out the easy-to-use inserts and assemble the badges.

“The name badges allow us to be easily identified and help our clients learn our names,” said Roberson. The Arc is using these tags during their Wings for Autism event.

Wings for Autism is back!

Wings for Autism is a program that is designed to alleviate some of the stress that families who have a child with autism spectrum disorders experience when traveling by air. It provides families an opportunity to practice entering an airport, obtain boarding passes, go through security, and board a plane.

The program also gives airport professionals an opportunity to interact and deliver their services in a structured, learning environment.

The next Wings for Autism event is March 3, 2018, at Seattle Tacoma International Airport.

How To Improve Visitor Security

Improving company security and efficiency are constant business goals.

And, using personal identification is a great way to tackle these goals!

using personal identification for visitor control and securityWhen was the last time you didn’t recognize someone in your workplace? Wouldn’t it help to have a way to label everyone who walks in the front door? Whether you work at a school, an office complex or the neighborhood medical clinic, security is always an issue.

While having personal identification for employees is a standard concept, often people find it challenging to make visitors wear name tags or other identifiers. Most schools now have easy access to printable sticky name badges, but many offices don’t have that availability. Reusable name badges are quickly becoming a necessity in these situations.

Speedy badges are great for visitors and increasing your company's securityWhether it’s a Speedy Badge or something a bit more temporary, identification is a must when dealing with security. So, try these three tips to make it a joy to wear a name tag in your office.

Use colors and logos to liven up your visitor name badges.

Sometimes, names just aren’t enough. Each name badge should have a way to identify that the visitor, or employee for that matter, belongs at your workplace. Business runs more smoothly when using company branding. So, don’t forget that when using temporary name tags to include a company logo.

Logo only badges increase security and are a great way to use resuable name badgesAnd, to make it a bit more fun, play around with different colors for different types of visitors. Maybe your school class is going on a field trip. Use one color for teachers and another for a parent volunteer. Use a third color for students so that they stand out from everyone else. And with both plastic and metal choices for logo name tags, the color doesn’t have to be limited to variations on your logo.

Brand your visitors like you brand your employees.

In many office environments, visitors are asked to check in or provide credentials for security measures. And using visitor identification will increase your building’s security. While it is important that visitors are easily recognized, they shouldn’t feel like they don’t belong. So, take your logo one step farther. Help your visitors to feel like they belong a bit better by incorporating your company branding into their name badges as well as the employee badges.

By providing visitors with name badges, your company or corporation will be able to welcome each visitor and help them feel a little better placed. Knowing is half the battle, right? And name tags always help in identifying who is in your building at any given time. Which, in turn, increases your security.

Badge Holders can Benefit Your Company

Make quality badge holders work for you!

From company security and finances to work relationships and camaraderie, you may find that badge holders are perfect for any company or corporation.

four ways to benefit your business with badge holdersDiscovering new ways to help your business thrive is a constant process. And finding simple ways to make that process easier is a great way to start. Enter badge holders! While they may be simple items, they are worth looking in to. And utilizing them will help your business in many ways.

Here are four ways a plastic badge holder can benefit your business.

Easy Accessibility

Your staff will quickly find their credentials or proximity cards when putting them in a badge holder. They won’t have to dig into their pockets or empty their purses. Clocking in and out is a much faster process for each work shift. Employees are also less likely to lose security items that are attached to their clothes or hanging around their necks. And nothing lost means that the company does not have to pay to replace them.

Interpersonal Relationships

Whether pinned to an employee’s chest or attached to a lanyard, badge holders with personal identification allow co-workers to get to know each other. They learn each others’ names, what job they have and which department in which they work. This knowledge fosters work relationships and camaraderie. It can also help new employees get to know their colleagues faster and feel more comfortable in their position.

Save Money

Is your company looking at name tags and thinking that they just won’t work? Or do you just have too high of a turn-over to invest in something so permanent? A badge holder may be just what you need!

Badge holders are typically lightweight and easy to use. They also come in many different sizes to meet all of your needs. And, to make these personal identification tools even better, use the printable inserts that go with them. Just print a new name and title for every employee, thus making turn-over an easier adjustment. And it will keep costs down.

Increase Security

increase your company security with badge holdersEmployee identification typically includes names, job titles and sometimes a photo. When everyone wears this information in something like a badge holder, security personnel can see who is permitted access to the building. And this can decrease theft, impersonation and unauthorized visits.

Don’t forget your lanyards!

brand and secure your company with badge holders and lanyardsA strong, durable lanyard goes hand-in-hand with a badge holder. When using these tools together, make sure to have both sides of the badge holder contain the same information that when it swings on the lanyard, credentials and other vital information remains visible.

 

Tips provided by guest author CreelaBelle Howard, content writer at Coller Industries.