ID lanyards may hold other things other than identification cards. You can use these to hold USB portable cards, important keys or access cards. Most people attach important things to their ID lanyards to avoid misplacing them. As important as the document it holds, it is also important that the lanyards are of good quality.
There are many types of ID lanyards depending on the hook or clip attached to them. Some hooks may hold a lot but some can only hold a few cards. Knowing the types of lanyard will help the user know which one he should use to secure his cards or other important objects. Below are some of the most common types of lanyards.
Swivel Hook Lanyard
This lanyard allows the identification card or other cards attached to it to swivel or turn. Some companies frown at using this kind because their employees can easily hide their information turning the card upside down. However, this lanyard is easy to use. The user can just press the crack or the opening a bit wider and he can already insert his card or keys.
Trigger hook lanyard
This lanyard is similar to the swivel hook lanyard, but it only has a lever on the side which is used to open the hook. It is easier to attach the identification card or other objects. However, sometimes the lever gets stuck and the opening will not properly close.
Bulldog Clip Lanyard
This ID lanyard has a big straight horizontal clip. When used, the clip holds the identification card or laminated badges straight. Most servicing companies prefer their frontline employees, like tellers and sales representatives, to use this kind of lanyard because their employees could not hide their identification information from their clients. However, since it is a clip, it may not hold a lot of cards or other objects that have small or round holes.
This kind of lanyard has a key-ring hook which is usually used to hold keys. It is ideal for employees who need to hold a lot of important identification or access cards because the key-ring hook allows the card or objects to be stacked. It is like an ID lanyard and a keychain at the same time. However, this kind of lanyard is not recommended for frontline employees.
Frontline employees should show their identification cards to clients.
The split-ring lanyard places the cards diagonally or vertically, which makes it difficult for the clients to see the employee’s identification card. Also, since the split-ring lanyard allows cards to be stacked, employees can easily cover their identification card with another card or object.
Most split-ring hooks are difficult to split and they tend to fold the top part of laminated cards. Also, if only one card needs to be detached, the user has to remove the other cards or objects before he could take out the needed card.
Detachable Hook Lanyard
There are ID lanyards with detachable plastic hooks. These kinds usually come with three parts: the lanyard, the square socket and the hook.
The hook can be attached into or can be detached from the socket. The hook attached in this lanyard is usually a swivel or a trigger hook. This lanyard is usually used by employees or people who attach a lot of cards or objects in the hook. The users can easily detach the hook when the cards or objects become too many or when these obstruct his movements.
Many prefer this kind of lanyard over the split-ring because the user can simply detach a card from the hook by just pressing the lock of the swivel or the lever of the trigger hook. He does not have to roll the card around the ring to detach or attach the same. The user can also just simply detach the whole hook from the socket when he needs to present or swipe a card.