Managing Employee Dress and Appearance

Dress codes are important for companies to set a benchmark for what is expected of the employees. Setting a dress code entails conveying to the employees what your company deems as appropriate work attire. Organizations have either a formal or informal dress code, and industries such as hospitality and corporate frequently use uniforms. We will be taking a closer look at how you, as an owner, could manage your employees’ appearance if your organisation uses uniforms and has a particular set of dress codes.

  • Employee suggestions: While setting a dress code or designing a uniform, always remember to factor in employee comfort or convenience. Not only is it important to get hold of good quality uniforms for your employees, but also asking for their suggestions in that regard helps both the parties. Going with the trend is a step forward in bringing style and class to your uniforms. However, in the pursuit of making uniforms trendy, you might overstep the mark and compromise on comfort. Our advice would be to get a rough sketch of the uniform design and run it by the employees. Make sure you note down their suggestions and get the uniforms custom-made. To generate happy customers, keeping your employees content is the first step.
  • Well-fitted uniforms-If you own a business in the hospitality industry, you know that the employees are on the front line in terms of interacting with the customers. Along with having a set of protocols for regular dressing up, it is your job as an owner to make sure that the uniforms are tailored and customised according to the sizes of the employees. An ill-fitted uniform looks lousy and fails to make a good first impression. Now the maintenance and upkeep of the designed uniform is in the hands of your employee. This is where you set the rules. Donning a spick and span set of clothing elevates the appearance. Any kind of stain, crumpling or unkempt uniforms should be avoided at all costs. Being strict in this area will take you a long way towards maintaining the decent appearance of your staff.
  • Seasonal changes in uniforms: Adapting to the weather and climate is also a part of maintaining a dress code in your workspace. For instance, adding coats for more formal job positions, and sweaters for others, all tied together by the brand aesthetic. You could switch to full shirts during winter and add a scarf to the ensemble. During warmer seasons, the uniforms can be more breathable and less layered—half shirts, skirts, breathable trousers, and so on. Switching up aesthetics and having weather-appropriate accessories and clothing items shows that you care and have thought meticulously about the attire and appearance of your staff.

These are some of the major areas to focus on to manage your employees’ attire and appearance. It is always nice to have a team of well-dressed staff as it conveys the dedication and principles of your organization.

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