A uniform might not seem like a strictly necessary addition to your business, but there are a number of key benefits that providing one for your staff can bring. We take you through some of the reasons why your business needs to have a uniform.
Ensuring health and safety compliance
A uniform doesn’t have to be as simple as shirt, pants and shoes. It’s often extremely important that your uniform provides for all eventualities of your business.
It’s not just important for the safety of your employees either. As a business, you have certain legal obligations when it comes to providing the right equipment and uniform for your staff. This is in line with government Health and Safety regulations. As a business, you have an obligation to undergo a risk assessment, and eliminate and minimise any potential risks you uncover.
However, not all risks can be completely managed. In cases such as this, you will need to provide personal protective equipment for any situation where your staff are placed in the presence of these risks. For example, if your staff will be working in an environment that has the potential to introduce a large amount of dust and irritants into the air, then you should be ready provide facemasks and protective goggles.
If dealing with power cleaning chemicals, then protective gloves will be necessary. Failure to provide the right uniform provisions that will protect your staff can lead to large financial penalties, so making sure that you have everything ready as early as possible is extremely important for both the physical wellbeing of your staff, and the financial wellbeing of your business.
Presenting a consistent brand image
Uniforms also provide the benefit of helping your staff feel as part of a corporate family, instead of feeling like just another employee. Creating a sense of belonging by providing a uniform can help your employees feel more invested in your business and more willing to be as productive as possible; they will start to feel that your business success is also their success.
A uniform can also function as a cornerstone of your marketing without much additional effort too. Things like your logo and name being emblazoned on the chest of a shirt or jacket, and a consistent colour scheme across your business as a whole, right down to your uniform, can help imprint your business into the minds of customers; a memorable uniform helps create a memorable business, which in turn can help create repeat customers.
An additional benefit to some kinds of uniform is that you can build a brand image while still being able to keep your staff, and customers, safe.
For example, if you are in the healthcare industry, you will find that tunics and gowns are made with infection control compliant materials, so your staff can remain professional while ensuring the safety of both themselves and patients. The same can be said of the catering industry. Chef’s uniforms, for example, are designed to be tough and durable, yet easily cleaned, which means you can keep your staff safe, while still knowing that they can be back for the next day’s shift in pristinely clean and professional chef whites.
Putting together a uniform for your staff may take a little initial thought to get it perfect for your business’s image, but you’re sure to reap the benefits over the lifetime of your business.
This article was written with Simon Jersey.