For many businesses, uniforms are a no-brainer. There are certain professions - from soldiers to nurses to mechanics to waitstaff - where people expect a uniform appearance. But the argument for starting a uniform program for your business goes beyond just that. If you’re considering a new uniform program, you're probably familiar with many of the benefits of them: maintaining the professional look of your brand, saving employees time and money, improving employee performance and safety, and many others. Once you decide to adopt a program, however, you may not know the next steps - read on for details.
The first decision you have to make is the type of apparel you want your employees to wear. This decision could be influenced by the environment your employees work in: an employee who works in a shop or outdoors will need a more durable and colorfast uniform than someone in a retail shop. Similarly, if your employees work with hazardous materials, they need safety rated uniforms. The color and style of your uniform is another consideration. Some businesses choose to have all employees wear the same color and style of uniform, while others have the same style across the company but different departments wear different colors. Think about what you want your uniform to indicate about the employee before you make your choice. Finally, consider the types of materials that are available, from cotton to microfiber, and what would best suit the work that your employees do.
Before you decide on a uniform provider, come up with a list of the services that they must provide and a list of the services that would be nice but are not mandatory. As you investigate providers, any that don’t offer your mandatory services should be cut from the list. The company you choose should have knowledge of your industry, carry the styles of uniform you’re interested in, and service your location and business size. Some services that might also make your list include personalized logo services, a dedicated representative for your company, or a user-friendly ordering portal.
You also might consider choosing a provider that has an e-commerce system or finding a third-party e-commerce system to work with. One reason for this is if you want your employees to purchase and manage their own uniforms, or if you want department heads to be able to order for their departments independently rather than doing a bulk business order. When you're looking at these system options, look for one that works with the uniform provider you decided on. You should also look for one that allows for multiple payment options, including cards and Paypay or similar payment processors. Finally, look for one that allows you to set an “allowance” for each employee or department, so they don't overspend what you have budgeted for them.