We’ve written before about the business benefits of outfitting your staff in branded, matching work uniforms and clothes, but did you know uniforms help employees too? By providing your employees an outfit to wear everyday you save your employees time and energy, and by doing so increase their energy level.
President Barack Obama wore the same blue or grey suit every morning while he was President, Steve Jobs wore the black mock turtleneck and jeans, and Mark Zuckerberg has a closet of the same grey T-shirt. These great leaders all figured out the same thing – wearing the same outfit (or work uniform) each day removes an early morning decision, saving energy and brainpower. And more importantly, that energy can then be applied to more important work throughout the day.
Many workers, whether at a small business or large company, face significant stress and pressure in the course of their daily job. However, did you know that work wear and outfit are also a contributor to employee stress? Many employees can experience anxiety wearing their personal clothing, as differences in style can create disparity at the work place. By forcing employees to wear work uniforms and dress similarly all employees will feel as if they are part of a team, and you will benefit from increased productivity. By requiring employees to wear a work uniform you can help alleviate some of your employees anxiety, and increase productivity.
Many small businesses also fail to realize the importance of a work uniform, ignoring the employee and branding benefits. When thinking about your own business, make sure you consider your employees when deciding if a work uniform is appropriate. Are your employees habitually late? Do you constantly have to remind your staff what is appropriate “work attire”? If so, implementing a standardized wok uniform could help.
Below are a few things to keep in mind when thinking about work uniforms for your employees:
Keep costs in mind
Keep costs in mind: Many employees spend considerable amounts of money purchasing clothing and uniforms for work. By implementing a standardized uniform you can help your employees save on work related wardrobe and clothing, thereby increasing their overall take-home pay and happiness. Further, since most employers buy uniforms in bulk, you can negotiate much more affordable pricing for your employees.
Make your uniform flexible
A customized uniform is important to developing a brand, but make sure you can source work wear and uniform pieces from multiple vendors. Doing so will help you maintain the longevity of the uniform, and can also help keep costs down.
Think about your employees’ comfort
We talked above about employee stress and anxiety from apparel, so keep that in mind when selecting your uniform. Don’t choose clothing that will make your employees uncomfortable, as it’s likely to have a negative impact on their productivity.
Carefully evaluate work uniforms implementing
While we are proponents of a well-dressed workforce, our specialists realize the costs (both tangible and intangible) of going from “free dress” to uniforms. Let us help you through the process of building a uniform, sourcing vendors, and negotiating discounts. As always, feel free to reach out to us via phone or email.
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