Two years ago I was lucky enough to work for a company where employees all wore a uniform every day. While it may sound crazy to call wearing the same thing every day lucky, there are many advantages when it comes to uniforms and corporate clothing.
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A very interesting thing happened about two weeks after I had been hired; a new rule was strictly enforced, stating that no one was allowed to smoke while in their uniform. The only time when smoking would be permitted was if you went somewhere where absolutely no one could see you. This just went to show how serious companies are becoming about projecting a wholesome and environmentally friendly image to the public.
It goes without saying that my fellow nicotine-dependant employees went to great lengths to get a cigarette in wherever they could; some even started complaining about the length of lunch hour as the walk to the nearest park, where they would sit behind a tree and smoke, was about ten minutes away.
Recognisability And Corporate Clothing
This was my first job where I got to learn about the responsibility that comes with wearing a uniform. Not only was it very hard to hide from your boss when you accidently went to the same super market, but it was also extremely hard to hide from clients. No more did it matter if a problem did not fall into your department, you still had to deal with the customer and search for the right employee to get the job done as the customers would just search for anyone in the right kind of clothes to help.
While this was sometimes extremely irritating, it also helped to create a sense of responsibility amongst all of the employees as we stopped seeing only certain parts of the company as our jobs, but got exposed to different departments and learned that lending a helping hand helps everyone in the end.
Leisure Time And Corporate Clothing
We all sometimes grab those moments of leisure during our working hours, where we surf the internet, chat on our phones or catch up on the office gossip with other employees. When you don’t have to wear corporate clothing in your company, you have the option to go outside and talk on your phone or to simply act like you are a customer in the company and not an employee when a real customer comes walking in (horrible I know!), but when you are wearing a uniform, you instantly feel compelled to put away your phone, jump off of your fellow employees desk and start flipping through files or close the Facebook application on your computer and start typing vigorously. Now while this may seem like a horrible fate for employees, it truly does increase productivity and is great for the boss!
Needless to say, wearing corporate clothing comes with a great responsibility and your employers will be very strict when it comes to enforcing the company rules. The main aim of corporate clothing is for the company to project a professional image which would be pointless when employees do not display the appropriate behaviour. Simply put: wearing the uniform means you are an advertisement for your company; hopefully a good one.