When it comes to ordering workwear, we know that pricing is a huge influence in the buying decision. As a business owner about to place a fresh order for company workwear in 2018, you may be considering going it alone and branching out into the world of workwear solo.
Whilst some policy choices in the UK have recently been brought into question for seeming archaic and sexist, the decision to create or review your current workwear policy could well have landed on your desk. Whether a note from your manager or something you feel really needs to be looked at in 2018 - it's easy to see why people avoid enforcing workwear policies. That being said, if done correctly, a solid policy can have an incredibly positive impact on your working week as well as your team's morale, productivity and overall happiness.
Companies often feel disappointed when they order workwear that arrives and it's not what was expected. Often this is the fault of the workwear supplier and not of the personnel manager ordering the workwear because that means the supplier didn't ask the right questions.
Topics: Buying Workwear
Even throughout the war years, people often opted to look their best when they went out, which frequently included sought-after stockings, gloves, twin-suits, hats and the like. Men routinely wore suits to the office, complete with overcoats and hats as well. Prior to 1950, it was a time of formality for the average person - even when people only had a limited supply of outfits. But now, dress is open to interpretation, and with the era of Mark Zuckerberg-esque, t-shirt-wearing tech companies, some employees aren’t aware of what is and isn’t appropriate for the office.
Topics: Buying Workwear
Employee responsibility for uniforms can mean different things. For one, you may have an Employee Uniform Responsibility Form, that states the number of uniforms that have been issued, the employee name, the company, the date, and their department. This document may outline that each employee has to return their uniforms if their employment is terminated, but if items are lost or damaged beyond acceptable wear and tear, then the costs will be deducted from their wages. Another responsibility is often that employees have to treat, handle, and launder their uniforms properly, and that uniforms should typically last a specified period of time. Whatever the uniform responsibilities outlined at your company, here's how to encourage and manage employee uniform responsibilities.
Many big companies across the UK use uniforms to promote their company's brand, such as TGI Fridays, Marriott International, American Express, Sytner Group, Nationwide, Iceland Foods, and McDonald's. If you go food shopping, many of the Sainsbury's, Tesco, Asda, Aldi, Lidl, and Morrisons staff members wear uniforms as well. At sporting events, phone shops, call centres - even at the Apple store - staff all wear uniforms. Those who work at Starbucks, Costa Coffee, and Caffe Nero aren't immune to uniforms either, so uniforms can be seamlessly integrated into your staff wardrobe - and look good too. But what pitfalls do companies make when ordering uniforms for the first time? Here are 5 mistakes managers make with their first uniform order. Make sure you don't fall victim.
Have you just decided that custom logo-embroidered workwear will create cohesion in your office? Studies show that uniforms enhance company image, ensure security on site, create team unity, improve customer relationships, and save your employees money in the long run (because they don’t have to worry about what to wear), among other considerations. When your company adopts a new dress code, you will have to create a uniform policy letter in order to outline the new policy and distribute it to your employees. What exactly should be included in a uniform policy letter you may ask? Here are 6 things to include.
As sunrise fluctuates between 6.30am all the way to 8.30am as the British weather transitions from Autumn to Winter, and sunset happening between 6pm and 4pm at the peak of winter, there are many hours your workers may be shrouded in darkness or semi-darkness as they work. When it’s darker outside, your workers are in more danger of accidents. In fact, workers are 15% more likely to have an accident in October than they are in the previous six months, which means employers have a duty to increase protection and awareness.
When the weather gets colder outside, it’s important to wear layers and cover up. Many people die in the UK winter because they are underprepared for the weather, so it’s vital that companies help workers understand what they need to stay warm. But it’s not just about staying warm.
You have an upcoming six month project and your team will be working through the end of summer through to the autumn, for example, what kind of outdoor workwear will they need to keep them safe through these seasons? When you’ve been assigned the job of choosing the right protective equipment for your team, it can be difficult to know where to start. Do you buy summer clothing, warm clothing, or waterproofs? Here’s how to choose the correct outdoor work clothes for your team.