Wearing uniforms to work can have many advantages. Whether you’ve accepted a job where you’ll need to wear a uniform or if you’re involved in deciding whether to change your company’s dress code to require uniforms, it’s important to realize that there are several benefits associated with this type of workplace attire.
Wearing uniforms to work can keep workplace clothing expenditures to a minimum. When you can wear the same thing every day, or choose among a few uniform attire options, there’s no need to purchase a large number of different outfits to maintain variety in your daily wardrobe. Instead, you can complete your work wardrobe with just a few pieces of each uniform item. Additionally, most uniform selections are wash-and-wear, meaning that you’ll probably also save money on dry cleaning.
The fact that your options regarding what to wear to work are limited can make the process of getting ready to go to work much faster and easier. Just think of how much time you’ll save when you don’t have to spend time every morning trying to decide what to wear to work that day.
Uniforms featuring a logo and corporate colors can really help to build a company’s brand. When you wear apparel bearing the company’s logo every day, you will become, in effect, a walking billboard for the organization throughout the work day, as well as on your way to and from work. The increased visibility resulting from employee uniforms can serve to strengthen the company’s image and increase brand recognition.
Uniforms can be an important part of your workplace security plan. When you and your co-workers are all dressed in an identical or similar manner, it’s easy for employees, customers and visitors to identify who works there and who does not with just a quick glance. This makes it much easier to quickly identify employees and tell who is supposed to be in secure areas and who is not.
When uniforms are the norm, the process of determining whether employee attire meets the company’s dress code is much easier than when people are allowed to choose their own outfits. Individual managers no longer have to use their judgment to determine if employees are wearing clothing that demonstrates an appropriate level of professionalism. This results in consistency in decisions about appropriate workplace attire.
Adapting to Workplace Uniforms
While going from being able to make your own decisions about what to wear to work to having to wear uniforms can take some getting used to, it’s likely that you’ll come to see the change as a welcome one very quickly. Once you see how much time and money you save, as well as the overall positive impact on the workplace, you’ll probably wish that you’d worked in an environment with a uniform policy from the day you started your first job.
Mary White is professional trainer and human-resources consultant with more than 20 years of experience. She is also the author of two nonfiction books and has worked as a writer since 2007. White holds Master of Arts in communication and certification as a senior professional in human resources.