Workwear – Do Your Employees Welcome Them?



Many companies, such as the manufacturing companies, have their employees wear uniforms. Wearing uniforms is a common practice followed by many Japanese manufacturing companies.

Uniformed employees are accepted in industries and jobs. This is true of the hospitality industries, be it their chef’s, waiters, other kitchen or service staff, people at their front desk, the housekeeping people.

What do employees feel about wearing uniforms? Do they find workwear a compulsion which restricts their freedom and individuality? Or do workers welcome it as a convenient time and effort saving technique?

There are many benefits of employees wear similar clothing. At the same time, there are a few drawbacks too. Through this article, Alsco helps you to decide if uniforms will benefit your workplace or not.

With a managed industrial clothing rental service like Alsco, your employees are sure to welcome them. Thousands of savvy businesses have chosen Alsco as their partner for trendy, form-fitting uniform. Have you? 

Why Workwear?

Industrial apparel serves many useful purposes – for both the businesses and the employees.

Professional Image

A uniformed team conveys a message of professionalism, cleanliness, reliability and organisation to its customers. This is the reason why many professions such as nurses, air hostesses, and restaurant and hotel staff wear smart looking uniforms.

Help Build Trust and Recognition

Uniforms enhance the image of the organisation in the eyes of its customers and suppliers. A sense of trust and recognition is built when they see your employees in uniforms. This is particularly important for industries like pest control, household appliances, etc. where employees visit homes of people for product delivery, installation and servicing.

Helps Customers to Identify Employees

A uniform also makes it easier for the customers distinguish and identify the employees of the establishment from its clients. This is very useful in hotels, restaurant, busy airports, bus terminals, etc. A customer knows exactly who he needs to approach for any query or assistance without having to wonder if the other person isn’t another customer like them.

Build Brands

Uniforms with logos of the company are great branding and marketing tools. Every time an employee of yours steps out in public, he is a walking billboard. Uniforms can have everything from the company name, logo and the corporate slogan on them. They will almost always have at least one of the above.

Common Identity and Pride

Uniforms help to foster a sense of pride in their jobs and a sense of belonging to an organisation. A common identity helps work towards common goals. Sports teams, in particular, are associated with their team uniforms and colours which are a symbol of their pride. The same philosophy applies at workplaces too.

Team Bonding

The common workwear helps iron out intra-team differences since no one is wearing different clothes which reflect the different ethnicities, race or status of the team members. Teams bond better.

Starbucks employees across the world can be recognised by their trademark uniform, irrespective of which country you go to. This helps the organisation to deliver a message of consistency in service quality across the globe.

Safety and Protection

In industries such as the construction or mining, workwear such as hi-vis clothing and hard caps can ensure that the employees are visible and protected. Employees feel safer and are able to work more productively without having to constantly be concerned about their safety.

The clothing for certain jobs is designed keeping in mind the specific requirements of these jobs. Chef’s jackets are a perfect example of this. They have pockets in specific areas, are full sleeved to offer protection and made from materials which allow for food stains to be cleaned easily.

Why Do Workers Resist Workwear?

Despite these advantages, employees often resist the idea of uniforms. However, Alsco can help you overcome their resistance through better design and features.

Limiting

Workers may find these clothes limit their individuality and personal style. Make sure you choose a company that has an array of contemporary workwear that you can select from.

Hamper Work

If not designed properly, uniforms may hamper with their work. Uniforms with long loose sleeves that keep dipping into food are no-good for waiters. Alsco has many form-fitting, careful thought of uniforms for different jobs designed by experts to help promote efficiency at work.

Cost and Effort Involved in Purchase and Maintenance

Having uniforms for employees implies a big investment of cash for the employers, not just on the uniforms themselves, but also on the equipment required to keep them clean. Well, not always!

With a managed rental service like that of Alsco, you pay one low fixed cost for everything. The uniforms are delivered to your doorstep each time after having been washed, repaired and replaced so that your employees look and feel their best day after day without the business feeling the pinch for the same.

So Why Delay?

Once the decision to adopt uniforms is taken, it may be advisable to let an external source manage the project – not only to benefit from the experts’ skills and market knowledge but also to lighten up the emotional weight linked to this corporate choice.

With an expert like Alsco to handle the design, hygiene, safety, and maintenance aspects of employee uniforms for you, you can sit back, relax and enjoy the benefits of a uniformed workforce. Get your own customised quote today. 

 

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