Creating Staff Unity with Uniforms
Uniforms are becoming a very prominent form of attire for many workplace professionals. It is common for businesses to require their employees to wear uniforms either to boost their professional image, garner trust from customers or to create unity among the staff, and some uniforms are absolutely essential as they protect employees from physical harm. The hospitality industry utilises uniforms for all of these reasons, but the main benefit to the workplace is to ensure the staff feel like equals. Here are a few ways that uniforms in hospitality can help to promote staff unity:
Uniforms promote equality. In a workplace where uniforms are required, it generally applies to everyone no matter what their official position in the workplace is. People who work in lower paying positions will see themselves wearing the same uniform of those who work in higher paying positions, and feel a sense of unity despite occupying a different rung on the ladder. The opposite is also true, with the higher paid employees seeing that those ‘below’ them are wearing the same uniform, thus working for the same team. In a way, uniforms make it easier for people to move between levels of professionals at work, giving them the ability to see things from the perspective of fellow employees. This makes for a much more cohesive work environment when everyone understands and respects each other’s roles at work.
While wearing uniforms, employees feel like they are playing on a team. It is clear that uniforms reinforce this idea in groups of people, especially when considering schools, the army and sporting teams, and the roles their uniforms play. By putting on a uniform, employees are able to adopt a different persona, and the role of good hotel management is to tap into this uniform created team spirit and use it to inspire and co-ordinate a cohesive collective effort.
When employees feel like they are working as part of a large team, this benefits people emotionally, and in turn benefits the company’s success. Uniforms help people feel good when they come to work, knowing that others at the workplace see them as a fellow valued team member. This helps establish loyalty among staff and makes the staff feel loyal towards the company they work for. When people come to work knowing that they are part of a team, their happiness will be reflected in the work they do.
With staff uniforms, employees no longer compare themselves to each other based on what they look like or how they are dressed. Similarly, no one will be discriminated against based on what they are wearing. This mentality can really break down a lot of relationship barriers between employees, while allowing the true personalities of each staff member to shine through. This makes for more, and stronger relationships between staff, and increases workplace productivity.
Uniforms in the workplace do wonders for establishing staff unity, and the bottom line for business owners is that a happier staff makes for a much more successful business.