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The Pros and Cons of Imposing Uniforms in the Workplace

As a business owner, you are required to make a lot of decisions including the tiniest of detail such as work clothes. There are of course advantages and disadvantages of employee uniforms you need to weigh before you make a final decision.

Pros of Business Uniforms

  • Advertising Benefits – uniformed personnel are walking billboards, especially when they do field duty. Everywhere they go, they wear company emblems and logos that people see. This has a potential for increasing brand awareness in the local scene.

  • Belongingness – uniforms help your workers find a sense of identity and belongingness. Wearing the same clothing fosters team spirit, much like in sports teams. This could lead to greater productivity and performance.

  • Professional Look – although some business uniforms are casual, a pair of jeans and embroidered or printed polo shirts, they do look smart and professional. More so if the uniform is a coat and tie ensemble. Uniforms help your employees to dress smartly and effortlessly.

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Cons of Business Uniforms

  • Hampered Performance – some workers find it difficult to work properly when wearing uniform. Poorly designed business clothing don’t offer comfort and ease of movement. Skimpy pencil skirts, tight shirts and very high heels may look sexy, but they cause painful soles and cramped legs.

  • Prevents Uniqueness – no two people are built the same. Each individual is unique, and this uniqueness can be hampered if personnel are required to wear uniform. This can be helped by allowing staff to wear personally chosen accessories such as belts, brooches, pins and cufflinks.

  • Negative Reception – some employees hate uniforms, and imposing them in the workplace may result in resistance. This is especially true if the workers need to get money from their own pocket to pay for expensive uniforms. Prospect customers may also find the uniforms unfavorable. If employee and customer perception is important, conduct a small survey first before imposing uniforms at work.

Ask yourself whether a market facet is more important than lack of individuality among your workers. If your business is about individuality and uniqueness, don’t impose uniforms. If it’s about professionalism and branding, require uniforms at work.

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