Uniforms, whether in schools or in the workplace, are often one of the most hotly debated topics around. Are uniforms beneficial? More importantly, who do uniforms benefit, the employee, the employer, or the customer? Well, what if we told you the answer was all three?
How an Employer Benefits from a Uniform Program
Investing in employee uniforms can be a tough decision for an employer. It represents a big financial commitment. So, it is important to know what you are getting into before making such a decision.
- Productivity: One of the biggest ways uniforms benefit employers is through increased productivity. According to “Ipsos Global @dvisory Reuters / Ipsos Poll Workplace Attire July 2010,” 55% of workers believe someone wearing a uniform is more productive.
- Branding: “[U]niform programs are a more effective marketing tool compared to several popular forms of advertising,” according to researcher Ashwini Poojary, author of “Are Uniforms an Effective Marketing Tool?” According to Poojary’s research, the majority of respondents (67%) agreed that managed uniform programs can be an effective form of advertising. Read More
- Safety: Depending on your industry, uniforms can be important safety tools, whether they help protect against burns, help prevent cross contamination, or help make employees more visible. Read More
These are just a few of the many benefits employers can expect when implementing a uniform program.
How the Employee Benefits from Wearing a Uniform
While they might be hesitant to adopt a new uniform program, your employees can also benefit greatly from wearing uniforms on a daily basis. For starters, your employees do not have to worry about the added wear and tear their personal clothes experience while at work. Uniform programs also promote equality and a sense of teamwork and togetherness. The end results are happier, more visually appealing employees. And happy employees are productivity employees (another bonus for employers).
According to a study by Bright Horizons, nearly 66% of people with high job satisfaction consistently put in extra effort and extra hours at work.
How the Customer Benefits from a Company’s Uniform Program
Perhaps the biggest benefit of all, uniformed employees give your customers an unparalleled peace of mind. According to a 2000 UTSA sponsored study conducted by J.D. Power and Associates, “When a customer sees an employee in uniform, they feel that they receive a better product and higher quality of service.” 40.28% of respondents believe uniformed employees are more knowledgeable, 52.78% believe uniformed employees are more credible, and 54.17% admitted they felt more comfortable working with a uniformed employee.
Uniform Purchase and Rental from Lord Baltimore
For over forty years, Lord Baltimore has provided reliable, cost effective uniform purchase and uniform rental services throughout Maryland, Washington DC, Northern Virginia, Southern Pennsylvania, and Delaware. We are an independently owned company that is confident in our ability to provide you with service above and beyond rental industry standards.
To learn more about how Uniform Purchase and Uniform Rental can help improve your fitness center, please contact Joe Bateman at Lord Baltimore by calling 800-292-1224 or visit LordBaltimoreUniform.com. We also handle towel rental for gyms and salons; apron, towels, uniforms and mats for restaurants; and uniform, shop towel, fender cover and mat rental for manufacturing and automotive industries.