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Tulip Time 2016!

by Kelli 2. May 2016 08:04
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May 7, 2016 to May 14, 2016 marks the 87th consecutive Tulip Time Festival in Holland Michigan! The festival is a small town event that attracts attendees and attention from across the country as is boasts millions of tulips lining the streets, a packed schedule of events like painting classes and fireworks, and even a record breaking dance performance!

Come see for yourself why Readers Digest has named The Holland Tulip Time Festival the “Best Small Town Festival in America”!

How we Sponsor:

IDville has the distinct pleasure of being the Event Identification Sponsor. The festival has hundreds of employees and volunteers and it’s critical to be able to identify them clearly and quickly in order for safety to be maintained and scheduled events to proceed on time. We will be fitting all employees and volunteers with identification cards and labeled lanyards so that the festival can achieve just that, a safe and timely event for the estimated 500,000 attendees. Our mission is to make the workplace better and we are thrilled to be able to provide that experience for the Tulip Time Festival.

Why it Matters:

As a West Michigan based brand, we strive to support fun community advancement in our area and we get to do just that and more by partnering with the Tulip Time Festival. In 2015, Tulip Time took every sponsorship and donation dollar and turned it into $9.20 for the city of Holland and charitable giving. That makes a total of $12.9 Million for advancement in West Michigan.

If you are interested in learning more about our ID Card Systems and how IDville could bring a simple, professional and secure access system to your workplace please visit our website, request a sample packet or call one of our system specialists at 1.866.438.4553.

 

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National Administrative Professionals Day

by Kelli 27. April 2016 10:58
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IDville and our other Baudville brands all have a common mission to make your workplace better. Not just better, but the BEST! That means we have a lot of work to do but one of the main pillars is to make all employees feel welcome and appreciated. Today is an awesome opportunity to help our followers do just that. If you haven’t heard yet, today, April 27, 2016, is National Administrative Professionals Day and it’s all over the place; just look on Twitter. We really hope you thought ahead and planned a fun gift and or celebration for anyone in that role but if you didn’t…

 

 

…here are some last minute ways to appreciate your co-works. (Note: You don’t have to be the boss to show appreciation!)

    1. Quickly and quietly have the staff sign a Thank You card.
    2.  Write a list of projects you couldn’t do without them and share with the whole team.
    3. Cater a fun lunch for the office/team.
    4.  Order flowers for immediate delivery (Maybe write a note suggesting you ordered it days ago?)
    5. Put in some effort to think or another yourself! 

 

 

Best Practices and other notes:

  • Your effort level is noticed so plan ahead and put some real thought and effort into celebrating your co-workers.
  • This practice can be and should be done with more people than just co-workers (family, significant other, friends, etc.)
  • Think about their likes and dislikes and plan something they would like. A surprise party is fun but not everyone’s cup of tea.

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How to Pick Your First ID Card System

by Kelli 21. April 2016 11:28
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Boss: We need to make our workers and workplace more secure.

Employee: Duh.

Boss: Let’s implement the use of employee identification cards that opens locked doors.

Employee: Sounds like a great idea.

Boss: That’s because I’m always right.

(Employee rolls eyes)

Boss: Good, go do it.

Employee: Oh. Me? Okay…Google here I come.

 

If you are looking for your first ID making system you probably have no idea what you’re doing or where to start. This post will walk you through the questions you need to ask yourself before you are ready to invest in a system for 5+ years.

1. Should we outsource our card making needs or make them in house?



2. How many cards will we need to print per year?

3.  Will we need to print on one or both sides of the cards?

  • The backs of cards are great for contact information, a product cheat sheet, fire alarm instructions and more.  

4. Will we only need PVC cards or will we need mag strips, bar codes, proximity cards or other?

5. What else will we need? Software, camera, ink, lanyards and other accessories?

6. What’s my budget?

We have a lot of helpful information on IDville.com aimed at helping employees like you look good in front of your boss. Some of those pages include FAQ’s, IDville Advantage, Video Library, Info Packets and more. If you choose to make your ID cards in house and know all your needs, you are ready to choose your system! You can search by printing volume and one vs 2 sided printers. You can purchase all your printer needs and card accessories right from our website or you can call our system specialists at 1.866.438.4553 and they can walk you through the process and answer any detailed questions you have. Whether you order online or call in, you will receive a designated account manager that will stick with you for the life of your printer if you have any questions with your ID system at any time.

Hopefully this was helpful with your ID Maker decisions and we are always a call away if you have any questions.

Happy printing!

 


 

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IDville and Financial Literacy Month?!

by Kelli 6. April 2016 15:30
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April is Financial Literacy month and that may not seem to have a direct connection with our brand, but we always do our best to help our customers make the best choices with their hard earned money…or office budgets. That’s why we focus on two things… relationships and value.

Relationships: IDville has numerous ID Maker Systems and plenty of other accessories to choose from, so how do you know what your needs are going to be and what products are going to solve them? Simple. Our System Specialists. If you are looking to invest in the security of your workspace, I recommend talking with one of them. Each caller receives a dedicated account manager so that we can start to gain a real understanding of the customer’s needs over time. You can give them a basic understanding of your organization and what your security goals are and they can start to figure out what best fits your needs so you aren’t ordering something that you won’t need. They will also be your trusted contact for any questions you have about the system and accessories.

Value: With all our ID Maker printer systems, you receive a multi-year warranty, lifetime call support, a 30 Day Guarantee and access to any accessory you can think of. Our goal is to better your workplace and with all these added benefits, you can sleep soundly knowing that if anything goes wrong, you have the whole IDville team behind you. We will even send you a working ID Maker for free if you are having trouble with yours, while we figure out the problem!

Financial Literacy month is a good time to re-evaluate your purchases and invest in what will add value to your workplace. If you have questions and want to start a relationship with one of our System Specialists, please call 1.866.438.4553. If you want to simply learn more about IDville products and what we stand for go ahead and request a free info pack. Shop smart and invest in what matters.

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Veteran ID Card Law Passed

by Laura 3. August 2015 11:38
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Veterans will no longer have to produce a military service record or other documentation to prove their military service thanks to Congress’s approval of the creation of a new veterans’ identification card. Veterans have had to carry around forms, such as the “DD-214”, which contain sensitive personal information such as Social Security numbers. Carrying such documentation puts veterans at an increased risk of identity theft. 
 
Both the House and Senate votes were unanimous, proving that this will be a great benefit to our veterans. President Obama is also expected to sign the bill. Currently, the VA does offer some veterans ID cards, such as those in the VA health system. However, there is a large population of veterans who have no easy way of proving their military service.
 
Not only will this bill allow veterans to take advantage of several discounts and services offered by businesses, it will also make it more convenient – with less risk to their personal information – to prove their veteran status. 

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Ain't Nobody Got Time for That!

by Laura 20. July 2015 12:07
Laura

Every year in the spring, we embark on the adventure we call the Fitness Challenge here at the 'Ville. Each year, team members volunteer to make an effort to improve or maintain their own personal wellness. Each person's goals vary but the idea is the same for everyone - do what you can to promote wellness in yourself and your fellow teammates. 

IDville's Sales Manager, Jennifer, took on the added challenge of becoming a Fitness Challenge Team Captain this year! Below are her tips and tricks for taking on additional projects or tasks when you may already feel overloaded:  

 

"When I completed the registration for our internal 12 week Fitness Challenge, I had no idea what I was agreeing to when I check the box marked “YES! I’m interested in being a Team Captain.” Foolishly, I thought there would be so many volunteers that my services wouldn’t be needed. Ha! I was quickly proven wrong. Very wrong! 

After reading the email congratulating me on my Captain status, I immediately thought to myself, 'Ain’t nobody got time for that!' 

Taking a few deep breaths and thinking this decision through, I focused on all the positives of taking on this role. Then I reminded myself of a statement that I heard Dr. Phil make at a conference many years ago. “We all have the same amount of time. We all have 24 hours in our day.” With that in mind, I set out to not only take on this task, but to OWN it! Here are my tips for taking a new responsibility or project: 

Become best friends with your calendar and email 

Communicating with 8 team members in different departments with different schedules is always a challenge. 

Schedule a specific time daily or weekly to email a progress report or motivational email to the group. 

Hold off on replying to individual messages. Look for recurring themes or questions from team that would be helpful for others to know. 

Create a folder to house all messages to avoid scrolling through 82 trillion other messages. (Confession: I do tend to hoard email messages) 

Majority Rules (but I will exalt my Captain power if needed!)

It can be a daunting task to coordinate 8 different schedules. Schedule an event that works for the majority and debrief those that can’t attend.  It’s also impossible to please every person, every time. Again, majority vote wins. 

If the team isn’t responding to your questions or requests, then it’s time to pull rank and make the decision (Confession: I do own a nautical Captain’s hat. I do not, however, wear it when making executive decisions)

They call it a team for a reason

As the team captain or leader on a project, it’s seems natural to take on all responsibility. Forget that! Rely on others to take on tasks. Delegate. Ask for help. It IS a team effort, after all. (Confession: I was once a control junkie) 

At the end of the 12 week challenge, I benefited in ways I didn’t think I would. I’m still considered the new kid on the block (I’ve only got 8 months under my belt) and this was the perfect opportunity to develop relationships with employees from all departments, and at all levels. I learned a valuable lesson that titles don’t matter here. We are all one coming together for the common goal, whether it be the fitness challenge goals or corporate goals. Teamwork is the key to our success. That’s our culture. That’s why I chose to work here. 

Personally, I benefitted by eating healthier, drinking more water and getting more sleep. Funny, those three things directly correlate to focus and productivity. I have a feeling I’ll be carrying on with these habits because I’m a better team member when I do. (Confession: I’m on a sugar overload today and now feel miserable. I should have opted for the fruit)"

 

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[Nick]Nameplate: Bacon Boy

by Maggie 22. June 2015 14:01
Maggie

Do you have any nicknames for your coworkers or employees? Create a custom engraved nameplate to proudly display them. It’s such a simple way to boost company morale! Here’s an example of one proudly displayed at IDville. It never fails to make me grin! 

It is my honor to introduce you to one of our super-system specialists at the ‘ville, Lee, more commonly referred to as “Bacon Boy.”  

You might be wondering-“How is one deemed the ‘Bacon Boy’?”

Well, the story behind the infamous “Bacon Boy” is really a pretty simple one. Here it is, straight from the horse’s mouth:

Bacon Boy: “During my interview process, Jennifer (sales manager) asked the hard-hitting questions and then informed me that two senior members of the team were going to interview me also.

In walked two experienced system specialists, Jason and Alan. They introduced themselves, and then Jason took over. After a few minutes he turned to Alan for his turn of questioning.

Alan said with a stern face ‘I have one important question. You can take as much time as you need to think about this, but think hard about your answer before you reply. What is your opinion on…bacon?’

I couldn’t decide if I was more shocked by the question at hand or that he was able to hold a straight face while asking it. Little did I know that what I was about to say next would create an identity for me that would stick.  

I said, ‘I think bacon is one of God’s greatest gifts to mankind.’ With the tension broken, I proceed to inform them about a revolutionary way to cook bacon called the bacon weave (shown right). A bacon weave is exactly what it sounds like-strips of bacon woven together to create a blanket of bacon.   

From that moment on, I received multiple inquires to the art of the bacon weave and was deemed bacon boy. They even created a custom nameplate for my special nickname that I display proudly at my desk!”

Well there you have it folks-the story behind the one-of–a-kind nameplate and the nickname.

And nobody ever wonders what Lee will bring as his dish to company potlucks anymore…bacon of course!

If you call in today, you might get lucky enough to talk to this super-system specialist!

For more information on custom nameplates, visit us online at www.idville.com or call one of our specialists at 1.866.438.4553. To speak with Bacon Boy, dial extension 176.

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SHRM 2015 Countdown!

by Maggie 15. June 2015 15:22
Maggie

Just 2 weeks away. 14 days. 336 hours. 20,160 seconds. Let the SHRM 2015 countdown begin!

I’m excited to announce that our IDville team is attending the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2015 Annual Conference & Exposition at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the fifth year in a row! Stop by booth #3227 to enter drawings, receive special offers, and see live demos of our ID Maker Systems.

We’ve got all kinds of fun activities planned for booth #3227.

• Sunday - Share your secret identity with a FREE Tumbler! (while supplies last)
• Monday - Enter the drawing for a chance to win FREE admission for 2 to Michael Jackson One by Cirque Du Soleil and play the dice game for great prizes!
• Tuesday - Drawing for a chance to win a FREE ID Maker® Value System! (valued at $1,499)

And that’s not all! Share your secret identity with us on twitter (@IDville) or Facebook using #IDVSHRM. The most creative entry will win a $100 target gift card!

IDville will have its ID Maker all-in-one photo identification system available for demos at booth #3227. The newest version of ID Maker software provides the tools needed to create bold, secure, and professional ID cards. IDville also offers all of the accessories and supplies that are necessary for employee ID cards such as badge holders, badge reels, and lanyards. Attendees will be able to request free systems information packets to learn more.

IDville has provided photo identification systems and accessories to the HR industry for over 10 years. The company’s proprietary ID Maker software simplifies the process of identifying employees and staff and has been a favorite among human resource managers for years.

I’m very excited to attend SHRM for the first time this year in Vegas. I look forward to meeting the attendees and showing others the benefits of our ID Maker system. Hope to see you there!

 

National Nursing Assistants Week

by Maggie 11. June 2015 16:20
Maggie

Today marks the start of National Nursing Assistants (NA) Week, lasting from June 11-18! Nursing Assistants provide 80 to 90 percent of the direct care received by clients in long-term care facilities.  They bring patience, a caring attitude and wisdom to their practices. National Nursing Assistants Week is a great time to recognize the unique contributions of these unsung heroes!

One of our customers, Hannah, chose IDville’s custom lanyards to show appreciation to her Certified Nursing Assistants to celebrate NA week! Hannah is a nursing home HR manager at Grandview Manor Care Center, in Franklin, North Carolina. She ordered custom lanyards for each CNA with their name embroidered on one side and “Grandview Manor Care Center” on the other. What a great way to honor each nurse individually and thank them for their work!  

Being a CNA is no easy job. One of my good friends Elise is a CNA at Providence Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Downers Grove, IL. She has shared some horror stories with me, but has also shared about how her care has impacted her patients. She said, “Being a CNA is a very fulfilling experience. Every single day I get to participate in my patients' journey to heal. I get to establish strong relationships with the residents and it's exciting to see them get back to their normal functioning level through rehab care.”

So thank you, Elise. Thank you, Hannah. And thank you to all other Nursing Assistants that care for others every day. We appreciate you!

For information about Secure ID Card Systems for the Healthcare Industry, read our whitepaper An Apple A Day: Everyday Applications for ID Card Systems in Healthcare

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Student ID cards: Securing the Identity Chain

by Maggie 28. May 2015 12:05
Maggie

Security is a made up of a chain of elements. Don’t let the campus card be the weakest link.

 

In a recent article from CR80 News, Andrew Hudson warns his audience about the use of university ID’s in orchestrating identity theft or other fraudulent activities.

Universities and schools- be aware of this!

There have been cases of students who have fraudulently obtained an ID card that is then used to obtain more secure IDs. Should this student then use the newly acquired credentials for identity theft or criminal acts, the paper trail could be traced back directly to the university. 

For example, to obtain documents such as a Social Security card, the applicant must first produce a U.S. driver license, state-issued ID card or U.S. Passport. But if for whatever reason these documents are not available, other documents including the student ID card will be considered.

Even though using a university ID to participate in illegal activity is an extreme case, it is worth paying attention to as identity theft and fraud becomes more advanced. “If not for the sake of the cardholders, then it should be done to avoid the liability that a university could incur if its credentials were used illegally.”

Student ID cards are a key security feature of campus life, but should only be accepted within campus limits. In order to protect individuals and universities, student IDs should not hold legitimacy for obtaining more secure IDs. 

Student ID cards are a strong link on the identity chain, let’s keep them that way!

To learn more about how IDville can keep your student ID link strong on the security chain, contact one of our system specialists at 1.866.438.4553, or shop online at http://www.idville.com.

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