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I work in government and have three ID badges/key cards, plus one for transit, and one more for my parents apartment building. I've gone through several types of the retractable version. The more industrial strength versions were bulky and wore down over time. The cheaper ones couldn't hold all the weight of the badges. The badges eventually became so heavy that they would eventually be bouncing around my knees while walking.
I wear a lanyard now but it has it's issues too. Anytime I dress down in either a sweatshirt or a polo, I look like a high school gym coach. It also gets caught on everything and I find myself digging it out of layers in the fall.
I like to carry my wallet separate and do not like want to carry two of them. Plus, this is something that I take out and use about 20 times a day to get in and out of doors that I would like something more "attached".
I use these things multiple times a day. I'm also willing to make an investment. So I was thinking what about a wallet chain or something like this http://www.selfedge.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=79&products_id=582. I understand this may lose some professionalism but if I'm going to have these badges I want to own the look. Any thoughts? Have you seen any other options for the ID badge issue?
I'd love to hear your rant on the TSA sometime.
But I work in a fairly secure environment, and they're fine with the belt clip under the jacket. My standard online forum line is that I'm working at a low level in a high level of government. I do have to show the badge to the police at a couple of places, but other than that...
This. The retractable clip does scuff my belts a bit, but if you find one with a smooth metal clip (not 'serrated' for grip), the wear isn't really that bad. Keeping your badge instantly available via some sort of clip or lanyard is a practical necessity—if for no other reson than to get through doors in most offices—and the belt clip is the best solution I've yet found. Fishing it out of a card holder—or even your pocket (which one did I put it in this time?)—is too fussy.
I should just leave all my badges attached to the inside of one of my jackets, so I can be kind of like this guy: