Every day, people around the world wake up and get ready for work. Regardless of industry or job role, putting on a company uniform is part of our routine, and that routine sets the tone for our day and mindset.
While in the process of dressing, we develop thoughts around how we feel putting our uniform on, what attitude or feeling this process creates. Does the uniform leave you feeling empowered, stylish, comfortable and excited to start your day?
The influence of fashion and function in uniforms and their direct impact on performance, company culture, attitude and perception is largely underrated.
As someone who is passionate about the importance of what you wear to work, I feel compelled to broadcast as often as possible – uniforms are not just uniforms, they are so much more.
Uniforms can serve different purposes in different situations, but there are some common benefits shared by all. If you are debating whether you should introduce a uniform in your business, or you are not satisfied with your current uniform, learning why team uniforms are so important to a business should help you to decide.
Team uniforms promote equality
Uniforms are a great equaliser. Your staff may occupy different levels in the chain of command, but when they are all dressed in the same uniform, there is a greater sense of team spirit. A uniform provides a level of comfort and structure for employees. Uniforms also eliminate the stress of what to wear to work, reducing the pressure on team members to keep up appearances and spend an inordinate amount of personal money on clothing for work.
Team uniforms promote loyalty
When your employees associate themselves with your brand, they are more likely to feel positively about it. When they wear your uniform or branded accessories in public, they become brand ambassadors. A company uniform defines what you are about as a business and ensures that your team is on the same page. Team members will wake up each day and be reminded when getting dressed who they work for and what that represents. A good uniform will ensure employees are excited and motivated to get dressed and creates a feeling of team spirit and sense of belonging.
Team uniforms boost performance and sales
We live in a society where the clothing you wear represents your values, beliefs and purpose and helps others identify with you. In business, effective branding can make you appear more approachable, professional and confident. More often this can make or break a sales opportunity. Winning business is tougher than ever before and the company that takes the time to ensure their staff uniform represents the best version of their brand, culture and purpose are more likely to get ahead in sales and performance and be market leaders in their field.
Does your uniform deliver?
Today, more than ever, businesses are aware of the importance of a strong purpose and culture and its direct impact on staff morale, sales and performance.
Communicating that message across multiple locations and even countries can be difficult, and a uniform is a key part of achieving consistency and confidence in messaging. A company uniform defines what you are about as a business and ensures everyone is on the same page, regardless of what location they are based at.
Team members will wake up each day and be reminded when getting dressed who they work for and what that represents. Are they excited and motivated to put on their uniform? Does it resonate with what your company stands for?