Nowadays, many work environments don’t have a strict dress code, with many offices taking a relaxed approach and letting employees wear what they are comfy in (within reason). However, some companies have branded uniforms for a number of reasons. For example, some industries require certain protective clothing for health and safety reasons.
Many businesses just like to have a cohesive look across all of their branding, including the clothing their staff wear. With that in mind, here are 3 reasons why you should invest in good quality workwear for your team, if it is something that you are considering.
- Keeping staff safe
Invest in quality workwear for your team to ensure they are properly protected for the tasks they carry out on a daily basis. Some industries have more obvious needs than others, for example, someone working on a building site needs a hard hat and safety vests. In a kitchen, chefs need chef whites and in a medical setting scrubs are usually required, however, even employees in offices and retail can have safety requirements.
Having uniform for staff eradicates any misunderstandings of the dress code. A collared shirt, tailored pants and a jumper offers a consistent and cohesive look. It also creates a sense of unity and brings all of your staff together. Having everyone in the same uniform also helps to flatten out any hierarchies and helps makes everyone in your workforce feel equal.
In industries where staff members are dealing with members of the public, a uniform also helps customers identify staff, and it forms a part of your overall branding strategy.
We spoke to Stitch Embroidery, who said: “You’d be surprised how many customers businesses lose by not having their staff clearly marked out by their uniform.
“Many customers actually feel rude bothering an employee who isn’t in workwear, as they’re not sure if they even work there, but there are no such problems when you introduce a uniform.”
3.Save money in the long run
If you have a compulsory uniform, you either have to provide your employees with the uniform free of charge or provide them with an allowance. By providing your staff with a uniform, you can take the time to source the best quality workwear that is appropriate, and ensure they won’t be wearing a cheap, inferior quality version. Investing in high-quality workwear means it will last longer, saving you money in the long run.
Customers are also much more likely to approach staff members in a clear, professional looking uniform and being accessible to your customers is important if you have a product or service to sell.
If you are just deciding to bring in a uniform for your company, why not consult your staff first before making any decisions. Ask them what they are comfortable and happy in, this way you won’t bring staff morale down.
We hope this has helped to shed some light on a few of the reasons why investing a little bit more in a uniform that is good quality really is worth doing.