Katie Young, Co-Founder of Bespoke Textiles
Whether or not you should insist your staff wear uniforms can be an emotive subject, often met with resistance. So, we thought over the coming weeks, we would provide you with a few good reasons why uniforms can help your business, your brand and your staff.
-It stands to reason that if everyone is wearing the same, a team spirit will develop. Everyone is equal and are part of the same group, and so will start acting as such.
-Providing staff with uniforms prevents wear and tear on their own clothes and/or protects clothes (think aprons and coveralls). They don't need to spend their hard earned money on work wear. If you have ever worked for a big corporate business you will know how competitive the office wear scene is! To keep up with the Jonses men and women are devoting large amounts of their money each year on their own work uniforms. By providing a uniform you are removing this competitive element from the workplace, placing everyone on an even keel whilst encouraging a team environment. And, lets face it, who couldn't use the extra money?
-Of course, there are jobs where the health and safety elements demands a uniform. For instance, anyone working on roads or in other dangerous areas will require hi-vis clothing. There are also many jobs which will require steel cap boots. Kitchen uniforms are also designed with health and safety in mind, as with kids wear.