If you’re a medical professional, wearing a name tag is not only courteous, it is sometimes required by law.
Isn’t it embarrassing to forget someone’s name? It implies that you don’t care about connecting with them, which isn’t necessarily the case. It’s just hard to keep up with names, especially when you’re interacting with a lot of people at once.
During a visit to a busy doctor’s office, it can be tricky to remember everyone you meet along the way – the front desk receptionist, the nurse, the doctor and on form there. That’s why medical offices sometimes require their employees to wear name tags. It reduces awkwardness and supports good patient service.
It’s also sometimes mandated by law for medical professionals – doctors and nurses as well as aestheticians, dentists, chiropractors, retirement community workers and almost anyone who provides health and personal services.
Name tags bring all kinds of benefits for wearers, their employers and their patients:
- Friendlier environment
- Professional, cohesive look for staff
- Improved communication between staff and the public
- Easier for those with Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory loss
- Faster calls for help, when patients need immediate help
- Better overall accountability for staff and regulators
Sometimes, employers get resistance from their staff about wearing name tags. People might find them uncomfortable to wear or just feel uncomfortable being called by name. Try these best practices for adding name tags to your work environment in a way that’s upbeat and positive for your staff.
Limit size. You know those index card size peel-and-stick name tags? They’re too large and flimsy for day-to-day use by medical professionals. Work with a name tag provider to find something that won’t get in the way of work.
Emphasize safety. If employees are resistant to name tags, explain how important it is to wear them for health care service and safety. If a patient needs help and can’t call you by name, they may struggle to get the urgent care they need.
Respect boundaries. Some workers won’t be comfortable using their given names for personal or legal reasons. Respect their wishes and allow them to use a nickname or pseudonym, and still you can require them to wear a name tag as part of the workplace uniform.
Provide options. People dislike damaging their clothes with pins and fasteners. Offer magnetic name tags, hanging badges or clips that work for various types of clothing, so every employee feels as comfortable as possible.
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