Are you getting ready for your next meeting or conference? If so, don’t forget the name badges! Simply put, events where people are wearing them are more successful.

Some may think of the name tag as outdated and silly, they serve as an easy way to introduce one.

Name Badges

Here are four ways that name badges can make an impact on your next networking event or conference.

Everyone’s on the same level

For your name badges to have the desired effect, everyone should be wearing them—if the higher-ups are wearing theirs, lower-level employees are more likely to follow suit. Badges level the playing field when it’s time to make introductions; all you have to do is read it.

They serve to welcome new hires

This is probably one of the biggest ways that name badges can impact your company; if you’ve recently done some hiring, you’ll want your new workers to feel welcome.

It can be hard to get acquainted with a bigger group. Long-term employees might see a few people they recognize, but new employees will probably wonder where their networking should start. If everyone is wearing a name badge, it’s easier to get the conversation started.

Lower-level employees will find it easier to talk to higher-ups. Some higher-level employees might see themselves as too busy to talk to subordinates, but that can be a costly mistake.

The TV show “Undercover Boss” shows how bosses can learn about the workings of their business from their workers’ point of view; not everyone can do this, but we can all take a few minutes to talk to someone at a networking event. Making those all-important connections can be one of the best things you can do for your business.

They’ll help you “break the ice”

If you have a rather introverted group, adding an ice-breaker to your name badges is an easy way to jumpstart the networking process. Adding information such as an alma mater, home town or birth month can help start the conversation between people.

There are a lot of benefits to using name badges at your next conference or meeting. They allow everyone to have the same opportunity for introductions, they welcome new people to the company, they foster communication between subordinates and high-level employees, and they are a great way to break the ice.

Some companies may think of employee name badges as antiquated, but they can really bring your workers closer together.