Implementing a uniform? Where to start!

 

You’ve been given the role of coordinating work uniforms - great news! Whether it be a new roll out, or replacing existing corporate workwear, it’s crucial to review, plan and implement a uniform strategy. Depending on the size and number of employees, a roll out does take time, and if you’re moving to a new supplier, the transition can take some time.
We’ve put together some points to consider in your uniform strategy and plan for before launching into the new uniform range.

 

1. Get your staff involved

Whether it be a focus group to encourage discussion, or a survey to collect valuable information, there are a number of ways to get staff members involved when implementing new work uniforms.

During this stage of the uniform strategy, your goal is to encourage and excite staff members of the upcoming dress code. Sparking interest amongst staff members and making them aware of change will allow you to collect and discover differing opinions, as well as implement work uniforms with ease.    

Just be aware that uniforms are a hot topic – people love discussing their opinions so keep the discussions formal and managed.

2. Check the legislation

Your uniform supplier should be aware of any standards or requirements that need to be followed in your industry. However, it’s always good to ensure HR is across all ideas, as there could be some issues you may have missed.

The legislation must be checked before your work uniforms are manufactured. This will allow you to make last minute adjustments to assure your team is dressed in a law compliant uniform

3. Designed for all

A great uniform range is made of products that are suitable for people of all shapes and sizes. In order to assemble a range that best represents your brand, all staff members must feel confident, comfortable and complimented in their work uniforms.

When piecing together a range for a large group of staff, consider options and alternatives. Aim to choose products available in different sleeve lengths and fits. Not only will this accommodate to opposing opinions and keep all staff members happy, it is also a more practical option.

4. Too many choices

While it’s great to offer a number of style options, sometimes having a broad range can become, well, not a uniform. Although your range may be made up of products predominant in a specific colour, the range may still look uncoordinated.

The key is to find an optimum range, where you are catering to the majority and still keeping a unified look. When choosing the perfect shirts or tops for a broad uniform range, aim to find products which complement each other. This will keep staff looking professional and consistent, while making it easy to distinguish between differing staff roles. 

5. Create the Buzz

Implementing work uniforms may be a challenging task. Many staff members are likely to resist change, especially if it means they are soon to have no freedom of choice over what they wear to work.

As the uniform launch approaches, your job is to create the buzz. Keep staff members interested in the change, and encourage them to get involved in the uniform strategy. Some fun and creative ways to get staff on board when launching work uniforms, offered by TIG, is through fashion shows, photo shoots and fitting services.

6. Plan B

Whilst all the points above guarantee success when carried out correctly, you must always have a plan B. It is crucial to consider factors which you have minimal control over that may cause stress and interfere with a smoothly running uniform implementation process.

Here at Total Image we are flexible in our solutions and will work with you to ensure your launch and roll out is successful and stress free!