A reader writes:
I’ve had a few jobs since I graduated school and in a few of these jobs I’ve gotten enterprise playing cards as a part of the job. I labored part-time in retail and never gotten enterprise playing cards, although I seen that the managers (full-time, salaried workers) did have the corporate branded enterprise playing cards. I labored for a college (full-time, salaried) and bought the college branded enterprise playing cards. In my present full time, salaried job I’m additionally getting firm branded enterprise playing cards.
Is there an unstated coverage/custom on offering workers firm branded enterprise playing cards? Is it an organization particular coverage on who will get an organization branded enterprise card? Are corporations obligated to supply enterprise playing cards to their workers? And, if not, ought to the worker make their very own enterprise playing cards?
Whether or not or not you get enterprise playing cards will differ by firm and function. Some corporations give them to everybody. Some corporations give them solely to senior folks, or solely to folks whose roles put them in positions the place they want them (like salespeople, or different workers who ceaselessly meet with others exterior the corporate). It’s much less widespread, though not remarkable, for part-time retail positions, particularly should you’re not on the administration stage. Some corporations don’t do them in any respect anymore.
There’s no obligation to supply playing cards, though there are some jobs the place it will be actually unusual to not have them.
Enterprise playing cards are positively much less standard than they was, though there are nonetheless loads of jobs that depend on them. And lots of people who will get playing cards by no means actually use them, significantly in the event that they’re not in outside-meeting-heavy jobs and don’t do a lot networking the place playing cards are exchanged.
As for making your individual playing cards … when you’ve got a piece want for them, the very first thing to do is to ask your organization and clarify why you want them. If it’s much less of a piece want and extra simply one thing you’d prefer to have, you can make your individual. They shouldn’t be company-branded (nothing ought to be company-branded that your organization hasn’t signed off on) however you possibly can definitely make your individual playing cards along with your contact data and what you do.