Have A Work Uniform Or Not?

It still remains a topic of debate; whether work uniforms should be needed or not. Ever since their existence, they have helped distinguish employees of different designations and offices from one another. Another myth that is prevalent is that uniforms are always boring and unflattering. They hold back individuals to showcase their own personality and choice. On the contrary, the second school of thought believes that they are an excellent means of advertisement for the company or the brand they are affiliated with, and promotes professionalism in the company. So, how can companies decide if they should go for one or shouldn’t when faced with the dilemma?

It isn’t going to be as easy as flipping a coin and deciding. It becomes a big investment decision when you have a workforce of more than a 100 people working under you, calling for an in-depth study of its pros and cons. In this article, we are going to do just that.

Starting With Their Positive Aspect

They advertise your company: Whether they are going home on a train, are attending training programs and workshops at other companies, or are representing your company during an event, they are marketing you and your brand through wearing a uniform. You will be noticed by your customers, even when they are not thinking about engaging in business with you. As soon as they spot you, they will remember your brand for the rest of the day, or life.

It makes for a good professional impression: A smartly dressed employee will be more approachable and trustworthy to a potential customer. It immediately speaks of professionalism and gives your employees an executive look. It builds a sense of trust when a customer talks to a uniformed individual.

Helps workers feel united and equal: When workers around you are wearing the same uniform, they start to feel a sense of belongingness and equality. A person coming from a higher status and a person from the slower slums, when dressed the same, feel equal. Uniforms become their only identify in the work premises. Wearing the same clothes makes workers feel an important part of the company and also boost their team spirit.

They boost productivity: Research has proven that implementing a dress code is the organization leads to better productivity. The reason for such a consensus is that upon wearing a uniform, workers develop a professional mindset and get engrossed in the work they do. To them, getting in the uniform means “it’s time to work.”

Coming To the Off-putting Aspect

Restricted performance: When uniforms aren’t designed to offer the highest level of comfort and ease, they can become a hindrance when working. In such a case, the uniform may constrict the employee/worker to fully showcase and practice his/her skills, affecting their output. For instance, making your salesgirls wear high heels all day may cause extreme discomfort.

They may hurt the sentiments of employees of a different religious sect: If your organization has a multilingual staff, designing a uniform that doesn’t hurt their religion or ethical beliefs is often very hard. 
When people from other ethnicities and religious backgrounds are forced to wear something that is not comfortable, they might start to feel unwelcomed or less important, which will ultimately show via their decreased productivity.

Its feels like imposition: One of the most evident reasons why most employees hate a uniform is that it feels like a forced imposition. It leaves no room for their own identify to show, and often restricts them from doing so. No one really likes to blend in as we all strive to stand out from others.

If you do decide to have one, make sure that your employees don’t find it to be too proactive, uncomfortable, or hard to pull off. It will help your company gain more brand awareness, but only if your employees are comfortable wearing it.