the year of LIVING UNOFFICIALLY

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10
March

Nametag Day

Posted by Brittany

Nametag DayI worked several retail jobs when I was a teenager and into my early 20′s, so I’m very acquainted with sporting my name for the world to see on a daily basis. In fact, when I started working for a government contractor almost nine years ago, there were two things that really stood out to me: 1) I no longer had to wear a name tag, and 2) people in offices swear a lot more since they don’t have to worry about the constant presence of customers. Apart from the occasional trade show or conference, I haven’t had to wear a name tag in almost a decade. But since today was Name Tag Day, Chris and I decided that we would sport our names proudly.

During our lunch break, in spite of the heavy rains, we ventured out to our local Staples and purchased a pile of “Hello, my name is…” stickers. After we returned to our office we each put one on (and yes, we used our real names). I returned to my peaceful, quite cubicle on the sixth floor and Chris rejoined his coworkers on the seventh floor — the heart of our office, where most of the staff works. Apparently Chris is somewhat of a trendsetter; he returned a little later in the afternoon to grab some more name tags because some of our co-workers wanted to wear them too. When all the stickers had settled, I think there were six additional employees wearing name tags. Surprisingly, only a couple used fake names. Cletus?

When we returned home this evening, we quickly wrote up a couple of new tags and headed out to dinner. Mine said “Hello my name is www.theyearofLIVINGUNOFFICIALLY.com”, and Chris’s read “Hello my name is Happy Name Tag Day!” Our waiter looked at us a little funny, but I just laughed when Chris tried to explain that it was Name Tag Day. The puzzled server said, “well, I guess you learn something neweveryday.” And I’d have to agree… as I think back on all of my previous jobs (I’ve kept my name tags from Weiss Markets, Books-A-Million, Borders, and Ikea), I kind of wish I had a name tag at my current place of employment. I’m proud of my career and the company I work for, and it’s always nice to have a little something that helps you identify with an organization. Not to sound like I’m susceptible to joining a cult or anything, but it’s great to feel like you belong. And sometimes it’s nice to have a tangible reminder that you do.

We’re heading to New Market tomorrow to celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day!

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