There are many reasons your company or business might not want your employees in uniforms. Maybe your employees never see your customers and the work environment is lax. Perhaps you’re a startup and you love to inspire through freedom of expression, in hopes that it spurs creative-thinking. Whatever the reason for not putting your employee into a uniform, there are many reasons you might want to implement a uniform program. We have highlighted some of the top reasons to dress your employees in a uniform or branded apparel:
Employee uniforms as a brand promoter and advertisement tool
- You want to create a professional business image. First impressions are vital, and your customers view you different when your team is displaying a professional image. Having a uniform that matches your quality of work can lead to consumer confidence.
- It helps to promote your company. On the clock or off, your employees become living, breathing representations of your company. Not only does this become a form of free advertisement, but now, your employee is a true brand ambassador for your organization.
- It creates a team environment. Think about your favorite sports team, if you go to the stadium, the fans are pledging their allegiance to their team of choice. A work uniform can do the same thing, but in a slightly different way. It can help create a culture of team spirit and belonging among your workforce. As a result, that culture produces positivity and better productivity. Not only will this overflow outside of work, but will help to raise revenue too.
- Improve customer relationships. Employees in a uniform become easily identifiable in the community and help your employees to be approachable to any potential and current customers. Ultimately, increasing customer service and create positive customer relationships.
Employee uniforms as a savings and investment tool
- Employee benefit. Purchasing uniforms doesn’t have to be just a line item expense. It can become an investment in your company and employees. This results in your employees saving money, by not having to buy work clothes and this ties back into fostering that “we are a team” environment too.
Employee uniforms as a safety and security tool
- Protect workers from hazardous work conditions. In many industries, like construction and oil and gas, uniforms go above and beyond branding and into employee safety. On a construction site, where heavy machinery is present, uniforms with high visibility tape is a must. Adding that extra precaution and ensuring your men are visible at all times. While O&G workers may also use hi-vis clothing, you will also see them wearing flame resistant clothing, also known as FR clothing. These type of garments are made from fabrics that are made to self extinguish if there is a flash fire, electrical arc flash or any other forms of combustible fire.
- Improve security around your business locations. Safety and being easily identifiable plays an important role with many businesses and organizations, in today’s world. A good example of this would be a college or university, where maintenance staff are working in and around the campus. Ensuring the staff is outfitted in a uniform helps the students and staff to easily identify who and who isn’t an employee and adds a small piece of mind for your student body.
Whatever your reason, an employee uniform can be an asset to your employees and your organization. Whether that reason is to foster a team-like atmosphere, build a stronger brand equity or for safety and security.