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Do You Know How to Convince Your Staff that Work Uniform is a Good Idea?

Implementing a new work clothing policy can cause staff to be apprehensive. To avoid this, here are three easy steps to convince your staff that work uniform is a good idea.

  1. Start Small
  2. Explain the Cost & Why it is Happening
  3. Let Your Staff Choose

1) Start Small

It is understandable that your employees might be a little reluctant to embrace their new work uniforms, especially if you have no form of branded company clothing.

Start by offering your staff something small, such as branded company fleeces. For example the Regatta Professional Micro Zip Neck Fleece.

Explain they should wear these when visiting clients or at work when it is cold. Also, let your staff know that this is part of a re-branding exercise and engage with them about the benefits of company clothing.

2) Explain the Cost & Why it is Happening

After notifying your staff about work wear related change, explain the cost of uniforms and why this is happening.

Be honest and up front about the process with your staff.

Answer questions asked, such as, why are you introducing a work uniform policy? What is the issue? Is it hierarchical or professionalism you are trying to address?

Explain where this idea has come from and why you have chosen work uniform to rectify it. Also, you can use examples to show your staff to help explain the benefits of work uniforms and branded company clothing.

Accept their thoughts and try to show some consideration and allowances in response. 

You can then explain the cost of work uniform items and what your policy will be. We suggest providing some initial sets of uniform clothing for your staff, because this is the simplest way of managing it.

Legally, you can charge your staff for their work uniform. However, this can cause discontent, lead to poor morale, and even staff retention issues.

3) Let Your Staff Choose

Take on board any uniform design ideas and choices made by your staff. Let them have a say in the styles, colours, and items in their uniform.

A bank in Australia offered a range of items for their staff to wear with a connecting colour palette, but still allows individuality.

Image shows Westpac employees in their uniform style
Westpac using a uniform style rather than specific items.

Allowing your staff to choose from the pre-arranged items will achieve the results you desire, but also keep your staff happy.

If you want a complete uniform appearance, ask your staff to choose from a range and then order samples to try before placing the full order.

Samples can be deducted from your final order, if branded in the same style as the intended final items, so there is less wasted spend.

When choosing the uniform items for your team, remember that body shapes and styles are all different from one person to the next.

Keep things neutral by letting staff have a big say in their new work uniform, make sure your staff are comfortable with what they wear to work.

Conclusion

Make sure you start with something small and slowly introduce the new work uniform. Whilst doing this, you can explain the cost of the work wear items you are implementing and why you are introducing them.

It is important to answer any questions asked by your staff. Let your staff get involved with choosing their uniform to make sure that they are comfortable with wearing it.

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