I wear my badge (work tag with embedded RFID identification chip) around my neck, but I see some people have it mounted to the upper part of the trouser. I would like to do that, but I don't know how.

I can't go and ask my friends who follow that style. Is there something I should buy? Or make?

  • 9
    "I can't go and ask from my friends who follow that style". Why not? What kind of friends do you have that you cannot ask "hey, cool, how did you do this?".
    – nvoigt
    Jul 6, 2016 at 9:27
  • 2
    I don't see the problem with this question in its current form. I knew exactly what he was asking about and would have offered the same answer Jane did if she hadn't beaten me to it. Jul 12, 2016 at 19:45

2 Answers 2


Do you mean like this?

enter image description here

It's called a badge reel. A lot of the guys I worked previously with use them by clipping one of these to their belts. There's a retractable cord so they can swipe access to buildings, etc.

As far as if it's professional, I'd say probably 70% of men used them in my last job (large government department, they mostly wore suits). You can probably request one from your HR or admin department. If they don't like you using them, they'll say no :)

  • yes exactly. Sorry , but I expect more, the correct position for it. Step by step guideline to wear it. Jul 6, 2016 at 9:03
  • 5
    Umm, you clip it on your belt where you can reach it. Most guys seem to wear it to the side next to the belt loops. The card attaches through the plastic clippy thingy. It's really not rocket science :)
    – Jane S
    Jul 6, 2016 at 9:04
  • I have it clipped to my pant pocket because I don't like the feeling of something poking my hip bone. That also has the advantage of that it's hanging lower and will not be hidden by upper body clothing (read: shirt) that's not stuck in the pants.
    – simbabque
    Jul 6, 2016 at 14:35
  • 1
    @simbabque Doesn't that damage the fabric on your pants? That's why I never clipped it to any of my skirts and just used a lanyard instead.
    – Jane S
    Jul 6, 2016 at 21:24
  • 1
    I use one of these when I visit our main office (local office doesn't require it). I put the clip through a belt loop, so the metal isn't against my skin or the fabric of my pants. This seems to be the norm at my workplace. Jul 12, 2016 at 19:47

Just another viewpoint on this. It's worth consulting your company procedures/managers. If the tag you're using is just to let you access certain areas, etc. then that's fine, but if it's also got identification on it, it may be that the tag needs to be visible around your neck for security checks and the like.

A number of compliance schemes require employees to be easily distinguishable, and that's usually done by distinctive lanyards and badges. It may be that you get into trouble for wearing it on your trousers rather than around your neck.

  • Yep, that's why I said for the OP to request it from HR rather than sourcing it independently. They can then tell the OP if it's permitted or not :)
    – Jane S
    Jul 6, 2016 at 10:03

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .