There’s no question about it—business owners and employees alike have a lot to benefit from having uniforms. But implementing uniforms for the first time, let alone simply revamping your old staff uniforms, can be a huge challenge.
To help you prepare for the task ahead, we have compiled a list of some issues and challenges you may encounter when choosing uniforms for your business.
Style vs. price
So much discussion already goes into just the style and practicality of the uniform designs. As business owners, you surely prefer elaborate and trendy designs made from high-quality materials. But they often come with a hefty price tag. So before deciding on uniform styles, it is best to consider your budget first. Can your budget allow you to opt for a trendy uniform? Or should you go for the most basic items?
2. Matching your brand image
One of the key reasons business owners want to introduce uniforms is to build a strong brand image. You want to create a strong impression, stand out from competition, and at the same time showcase who/what you are as a business. In choosing uniforms, you have to take into consideration whether or not your garments will go well with the image you want to portray. For instance, singlets may not be appropriate for a corporate setting, just as long sleeved shirts may not be suitable for a café business.
Sturdy, high-quality materials are always high up our list. But there could be a disconnect within your staff in terms of what materials to use for uniforms. There will be that certain group who would prefer 100% cotton or linen and those who would rather settle with easy-care materials like polyester who don’t have time to be bothered by high-maintenance uniforms.
4. Sizes and body shapes
It is important that your uniforms are available in a full range of sizes. Your staff may gain or lose weight, and so it’s best to implement a uniform that comes in a wide spectrum of sizes that could fit different body shapes, from petite to plus sizes. Also, don’t forget to consider your pregnant employees. Will large-sized uniforms be sufficient? Or should you design a special maternity uniform range?
More importantly, it pays to contact your uniform supplier in advance and ask about the availability of these sizes. If you’re ordering in bulk, best to prepare in advance how many of each size you would need. Follow-up orders can cost you more.
Many business owners would much rather scrimp on quality just to be within budget. So they settle for low-cost clothing materials only to discover some rips and tears at the seams a few weeks later. However, if you want your uniforms to last longer and withstand frequent washing, then make high-quality a priority. Remember, your uniforms will say a lot about your business. You don’t want to earn a bad impression because of sloppy uniforms.
When customising work uniforms, embroidery is the best option, as it’s generally more durable and it makes your logo stand out. Check out our blog post about why custom embroidery is the winner and see how we do it.
If you need help in choosing uniforms for your staff and want to discuss our clothing range, just give us a call!