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Some business owners think that having their female staff wearing a uniform isn’t necessary – it’s too *old fashioned*, but a well designed uniform in classic colours with your business logo on it NEVER goes out of style.
Women’s corporate uniforms still serve a useful purpose in many industries. A corporate uniform provides customers with a way to distinguish staff from visitors so they can easily find someone to help them.
Alternatively choosing the wrong corporate uniforms can make your staff look too out of touch, un-friendly and unapproachable.
For some business owners they don’t want to upset their staff by insisting they wear a uniform, but well chosen uniforms can actually help your staff do their job more effectively.
Before choosing or updating a corporate uniform for your staff there are a few things you should consider –
Choose the right colours for your industry – for example for those selling fruit and vegetables green is a good choice, but if your staff work in a funeral home green isn’t the right choice. Staff working in a high class boutique will just look out of place wearing white shirts and grey cargo pants. Navy, purple and black create upscale experiences while pastels can create a free and fun atmosphere.
If your employees are meant to be seen – make them seen! Depending on your business your staff may be meant to talk to customers or not. This is why you often find waiters wear stylish aprons and polo shirts with a prominent logo, while cleaning staff wear darker colours so they can blend into the shadows.
Your corporate uniforms should be flattering and comfortable to wear – when choosing a uniform, remember you can’t please everyone, some people don’t like tucking in a shirt while others may not like to wear a shirt that doesn’t have a collar and others may not like stiff uniforms they find it hard to move in.
Make sure the uniforms you choose are durable, ripped or faded uniforms look worse than your staff wearing mismatched clothing so always choose the best you can afford.
Be flexible employees can start to resent wearing a uniform when they don’t have to – on days when they won’t be dealing with the public or if they have to work after closing time. Where possible allow a more relaxed approach to uniform wearing when no one is around.
All you have to do is look around and you’ll see that stylish well made women’s corporate uniforms are still around – they haven’t gone out of style. Uniforms are a great way for the public to distinguish your staff from other customers and it avoids the whole *dress-code* issues.
write by Myrna