Whether it’s at school, at work or a club like brownies or guides, we are all used to the idea of wearing a uniform and we’ve all probably got a strong opinion on it. A ‘uniform’ is generally understood to be a standardized set of clothing that members of an organisation wear while going about the activity of said organisation. As well as apparel, the word uniform also means being the same without difference.
A uniform is much more than clothing, it is a philosophy of commonality and purpose and even unity within an organisation or place of work. There’s a solidarity and identity within the ranks which has been reognised as far back as the Roman Empire (just ask Daryl…) all the way through to modern day places of manufacturing.
Official service organisations such as the police and those in the armed forces all wear easily identifiable uniforms that help people recognise where they’re from and how they can be of service. Not only is this helpful in emergencies but there is a sense of pride, their uniform carrying certain responsibilities and expectations that can alter the attitude of people around them.
Often the above mentioned organisations and places like schools, restaurants and medical facilities have mandatory uniforms, the colours, the design and logos all become part of their brand or how others outside perceive them and with the uniform comes an expected behaviour which fits with the company philosophy.
Have a look through these five reasons why uniforms are preferred and how integral they can be to the culture and lifestyle of the organisations that prefer them:
- United Workforce As mentioned above, the emergency services and service industries’ uniforms identifies them with their service and as such they demand that their workforce look together and united in their work, and so the uniform becomes a strong part of this attitude. You know who the waiter is in the restaurant; they all look the same and you know that you can approach them (but send back the wine).
- Perks of the Job Larger organisations use their uniforms as a mark of honour; the armed forces have rank and insignia which they add to their uniform denoting position and seniority. Having a set uniform within an organisation is a time-saving measure, which sounds a little too good to be true but when you don’t need to choose your clothing every day it can really rake in the minutes; which again saves the employee money as new clothes won’t be purchased as often.
- Belonging As we’ve mentioned, when staff all wear the same there’s a sense of belonging and identity which is encouraged through a uniformity. That feeling of unity can still be achieved without a uniform but having that sense that “we’re all the same” really brings together the work force.
- We are Equal That feeling that “we’re all together” also produces a sense of equality because when everyone wears similar clothing, division becomes less clear as obvious financial differences are ignored, bringing everyone to same platform as one big happy family.
- Growing Together When people are together wearing their uniform, it encourages an attitude of care not only for themselves but also for their colleagues and so it becomes about the team’s growth. The attitude that wearing uniform fosters is particularly conducive for the organisation to thrive. Isn’t it heart-warming?
Whereas having a uniform might not change the world, it can certainly help change you and your staff’s attitude and can support your well-being. Call us and find out how we can help clothe your staff.