Have you thought of creating your own range of branded uniforms for your staff?
Whether you are a customer-facing business or a startup with a small office space, you and your staff have a lot to benefit from having a uniform branded with your business logo. Uniforms can help boost your employees’ morale and sense of pride, create professionalism and authority, promote trust among your customers and most of all, have a positive impact on your brand. It’s a win-win situation, right?
So if you are considering of implementing a uniform policy but don’t know where and how to start, we’ve compiled a simple step-by-step guide on how to design your own branded workwear range.
Step 1: Creating a uniform policy
The first thing to do is to draft a uniform policy with specific rules and regulations on proper uniform usage, standards, and a discipline system. In creating a policy, you have to consider each of the job functions in your company, how they can benefit from having a uniform. Most importantly, you need to be able to communicate your policy across your business and be open to suggestions.
Not all businesses would really need a compulsory uniform. You can go for a uniform look instead, such as casual t-shirts in the colours of your brand, or trousers or skirts, or jackets. This way, your employees can have the freedom to wear their uniforms however they want to.
Step 2: Ask your employees
Yes it’s your business, but you need to gather the inputs of the people who will be wearing your uniforms. Conduct a survey to know what style of uniforms appeal to them best. Ask them which type of garments would greatly match your brand identity.
Step 3: Selecting your Workwear and Uniform Items
The first step is deciding which items to purchase. T-shirts and polo shirts are great casual workwear options or for employees who are frequently outdoors. Long sleeve shirts, coat jackets, skirts and trousers look best for your corporate staff. You may also choose to incorporate a few sports or active wear pieces for certain outdoor activities.
You will also have to decide upon the number of clothing you have to purchase for each of your employees. Ideally, you need to have one for every workday, five to be exact. You can choose to assign a washday each week and have your employees wear casual clothes, and then reduce the number of workwear pieces to three or four.
If you are going for the uniform look, you can have your staff wear their own trousers or jeans to work. We recommend having a prescribed casual wear for your staff to follow.
Here are some things you need to remember in selecting your garments:
- Make sure they are appropriate for the type of work they do. For instance, choose stylish but functional aprons for your kitchen and wait staff, hi-visibility clothing items for construction staff, sleek long sleeve shirts for hotel clerks, and so on.
- Choose comfortable and high-quality fabric. Make sure they are easy to maintain and able to withstand frequent washing.
- Make sure they are the right sizes and cuts. You want your uniforms to be comfortable to wear so your employees will love them.
- The colours of your garment should be compatible with your brand.
Step 4: Have your business logo customised
The next step is deciding how to showcase your logo on your uniforms. Embroidery is the best option when it comes to customising your workwear, as it’s generally more durable and more professional looking.
Check out our blog post about why custom embroidery is the best way to go and see how we do our embroidery work.
Here are some of the things you need to remember when having your uniforms embroidered:
- Decide first on where to put your logo. Do you want it on the left or right side of the chest? On the left shoulder? On the pocket?
- If you’re worried about the fabric, you can consult your embroidery supplier about which part you can have your logo printed.
- Ask your supplier to provide you with a mock-up or visual guide on how your uniforms will look like after the process.
Ready to design your own workwear range? We have a wide selection of custom workwear and uniform options for different kinds of businesses, from restaurant uniforms and tradie wear to healthcare uniforms and corporate wear. We also provide top-notch embroidery services. We’re always keen to assist our customers with every aspect of their embroidery needs.
You’re welcome to browse our site to view our work and see if we’re a right fit for your business.