Mind you, now that I think of it, the secretary gets the information from the sign-in and badge printing computer, and I can't imagine her calling an office and saying "Hi. I have Shevek and I didn't read my name badge from Karmasphere to see you." with a straight face.
He has now found his discarded badge and stuck it to the lid of his laptop.
 A house joke, not funny elsewhere.
 I was dubbed Monsieur Shevek because the computer system didn't like only one name.