Providing corporate uniforms makes your workers spend less time choosing what clothing to wear for work and have more time to actually do their work. Here are five tips to help you select such uniforms for your employees.
Establish what can/cannot be worn with a uniform.
Providing employees with a uniform is a good start when it comes to grooming, but hairstyle, jewellery, makeup, personal hygiene and other clothing also affect the appearance of your employees. For that reason, you should come up with some ground rules on what other clothing or accessories can be worn with the uniform. For instance, it would be difficult for clients to notice that an employee is wearing a uniform when he or she is covered with a long, heavy trench coat.
Reinforce your corporate image through colour.
Image is and will continue to be one of the most powerful ways of reaching out to people. Uniforms showing your company's colours can help create a strong brand image in the minds of all clients, both existing and prospective.
Keep in mind who will be wearing the uniform.
There is a direct relationship between how employees feel in a uniform and their performance at work. Hence, employees should be consulted about what type of uniforms they would like to wear. After all, employees will look better in their uniforms when they feel happy about wearing what they were actively engaged in choosing.
Know when to replace the uniforms.
Garments worn regularly tend to deteriorate much faster with time. Therefore, there is a great need to regularly replace old, worn-out uniforms because they can be rather unsightly to look at. However, the frequency at which the uniforms will need replacement depends on the nature of work performed. For instance, uniforms used by employees assigned to the reception or customer care desk will probably get worn out less quickly than those working in harsh factory conditions.
Choose a style that suits your employees' work.
The attire worn by employees should match the setup in which they interact with clients, be it in a formal or casual environment. An employee who puts on a suit can look rather overdressed if his or her duties are to be carried out in a casual setup, which may involve more fieldwork than paperwork. Likewise, you can't have employees representing you in important business meetings wearing casual t-shirts as they would look underdressed for the job. In short, you may have to provide different types of uniforms to employees based on the nature of work that they do.