A good work uniform doesn’t have to be particularly limited to be effective. Offering variety and including different pieces within your choices of workwear can help your business to meet and surpass business needs, as well as help your staff look like professionals while still feeling like individuals.
From different styles and looks, to different ways to meet business needs, a versatile uniform can help your business to stay current and prepared throughout the year.
So how can you make your make workwear more versatile?
Choosing from a variety of styles and looks
Adding increased versatility doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to make drastic changes to an existing uniform.
Perhaps it might be something as simple as adding more variety in the styles that your staff can choose to wear. Trusting in your staff to deliver good service and giving them a sense of individuality with a little leeway in their uniform choices can help them feel more valued as employees, and encouraged to help your business succeed going forward.
In a customer-facing industry, such as hospitality or beauty, one option might be to switch out preferred colours with the seasons. During the summer, staff might be encouraged to wear colours like yellows, light blues and greens, while during the winter, colours such as navy blues, darker reds, and purples.
Even with staff allowed to wear their favourite colours around the workplace like that, you could still ensure that the uniforms represent your brand by having them embroidered with your business’s name and logo in a prominent location on the chest or back.
In some industries, you could increase the versatility of a uniform by making small and simple additions that don’t drastically change the style or look of your uniform.
For example, making aprons a part of your uniform in a catering industry can be a great addition. It might even already be something your kitchen staff use for health and safety purposes. Adding an apron to your front of house staff uniform as well can help them to stand out to customers as well as adding to your staff’s style and appearance, which helps put across a professional image to customers.
Much like kitchen staff, aprons can protect your front of house staff from food stains or hot food spills. Swapping to a clean apron is simpler and quicker than having to replace a stained shirt, meaning it’s less disruptive to a shift and ensuring service is back to normal as soon as possible.
Ease of use and meeting business needs
Versatility can also mean that the uniform you provide is comfortable and easy to wear while still ensuring it stands up to what your business requires.
For example, a tunic is certainly fantastic in the beauty industry no matter what role a staff member has within the business. They’re easy to wear, come in a range of colours, and present a professional image, but tunics also ensure staff can do whatever is needed of them during a shift thanks to their durable and flexible materials, which helps keep staff comfortable throughout a shift.
The same applies for the healthcare industry, where durability and comfort are equally necessary, with the added feature of being made from infection control compliant materials. No matter what a staff member needs to do during a shift, a healthcare tunic offers great versatility throughout the day, as well as being able to withstand rigorous cleaning procedures.
For more physical industries, such as gardening or construction, for example, you want to know the uniform you provide has enough options to be tough enough to deal with things such as harsh weather or particularly tough tasks while still being comfortable and easy to wear so that staff can work efficiently.
However, in industries like this, uniform additions such as sturdy high visibility jackets and trousers might be necessary because of health and safety considerations. You can add versatility by providing underlayers of varying thickness depending on what the job needs, or what the weather is like. For example, an underlayer could range from a zip-up fleece, to a softshell jacket, to a more heavy-duty condenser jacket.
Helping your business create the perfect uniform
A uniform that can help a business’s staff succeed each day, no matter how different one shift may be to the next, will undoubtedly be a fantastic resource for any business. For a wide range of businesses and business needs, we make sure to stock a selection that can help you succeed. Simon Jersey is proud to provide a broad range of workwear which is:
- Stylish, professional and practical – We translate current trends into comfortable workwear to continuously give your customers the best impression
- Tailored and personalised to suit your brand– You can choose colours of clothing that fit with the latest fashions and best match your brand. We can also personalise your uniform with your company name or logo
- Designed with industry knowledge and expertise – We have 45 years’ experience providing businesses with on-trend and stylish uniforms for their staff
If you’d like to find the right workwear for whatever business needs you’re looking to meet, take a look at our Workwear web page. Alternatively, you could request a catalogue or contact one of our staff members for more information.