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Implementing Uniforms Without Incensing Your Staff


There are many questions to ask when you embark on employment. Who was the most promising candidate? How much should you pay them? And, a burning question we all face; should you incorporate a uniform? This is a divisive issue with no clear right or wrong. Some say they rob employees of their freedom. Others argue there’s nothing better.

As can be seen from sites like, there are pressing arguments on either side. From a business perspective, though, there’s a good chance you’ll end up on the side of uniforms. The fact is, these remove a lot risk. With a uniform, you ensure staff are smart and advertising your company. Uniforms also work to reduce in-house discrimination. In many ways, they’re easier all around. They save you having to even consider a dress code.

If you are going to implement a uniform, though, you need to consider how you can do it without incensing your staff. If you aren’t careful, something like this could be all it takes to see employees leaving your business. Fear not, though, because we have you covered with some uniform ideas which could help to keep the peace.


Offer options

If you’re set with your uniform options, your staff may well react badly. A one-size fits all uniform isn’t going to please everyone. A much better option would be to provide choices and order on an individual basis. This may seem a hassle, but it’ll be a lot easier than finding replacement team members. Select at least five tops and bottoms for everyone to choose from. Extend this to additions such as name badges, too. Instead of heading to sites like and ordering with everyone’s first names, ask what people would like to go by. Something as simple as allowing nicknames here can help to keep everyone happy.

Wear a uniform yourself

Staff never react well to managers who demand things they wouldn’t do themselves. This is a common issue and a leading cause for staff walkouts. You could face the same problem if you don’t wear a uniform. You may want to do something to set you apart from the rest of your team so that you’re easy to spot. But, adhering to some uniform yourself will go a long way towards easing everyone. If you’re willing to do it, you’ll find they’ll be more willing to help you out.

Accept suggestions

It rarely pays to be too set in stone with issues like these. As such, you should also open the floor and listen to any suggestions your staff have here. It may be that your current uniform materials are too stifling, or that they’d like an option to wear long sleeves. These are small requests, and you wouldn’t believe how happy your team will be if you listen to them. Keep collaborations like these open. That way, your staff will feel like they have a say. Before you know, not a single person will grumble about having to wear a uniform.

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