uniform for office wear
I think we can all agree the recent sunny weather has proven summer is definitely on its way. Now is the time to be thinking of changing your office uniform to something more appropriate for the coming summer months ahead. Here are our top tips and rules on how to get it right this year.
- Relax your uniforms. Summer weather can sometimes bring a more relaxed feel to the office; therefore let your uniforms do the same. If stuck in a stifling hot office, why not ditch the heavy suit jacket and opt for a short sleeve blouse/shirt and waistcoat look. Still effortlessly smart with a pencil skirt for the ladies and coordinating lightweight trouser for the men.
- Layer up lighter fabrics. If in and out of the office, you may need to contend with uncertain temperatures. Layer up with a smart tank top in a cotton blend fabric with a cotton blouse/shirt. Light weight fabrics such as cotton, linen and summer-weight wool can make all the difference, if in an important meeting you don’t want to be worrying about feeling uncomfortable in your uniform.
- Don’t show too much flesh. No matter how hot it gets in the office, miniskirts and low cut tops are not a professional look. Office uniforms for women are adapting all the time. Garments such as lightweight under suit tops and corporate skirts can provide enough comfort in hot conditions whilst also keeping a professional image.
- Try corporate workwear i.e. polo’s, t-shirts. This smart/casual look is getting increasing popular within the office (see our “Smart or casual; which is best for in the office” blog for further details) and is an ideal uniform fit for the summer months. Choose coordinating men’s and ladies polo shirts or t-shirts with your branded company logo and this can provide a smart office image, while ensuring your staff are happy and comfortable in the uniform choice.
Check back for further useful tips and advice on your uniform needs, if you need a question answering or would like us to blog on something in-particular then please leave us a comment!
By supplying branded uniforms for your team, from smart coordinating suits with pristine embroidered shirts to smart branded polo shirts or printed hi vis wear, you’re presenting a professional and unified image which reflects your company. But what if this image is jeopardised outside of work?
An article posted by Personnel Today says that staff members looking scruffy, smoking in public or displaying anti social behaviour whilst in their company uniform can easily give your company a bad name. It points out that you don’t stop being an employee when you walk out of the door; you’re still representing your company all the time you’re wearing your company logo.
But rather than the traditional approach of setting rules about dress and behaviour, the branding experts recommend a softer, more inclusive approach of instilling the brand values in staff from the outset, so they’re more likely to instinctively act in an appropriate way- with encouragement from colleagues or supervisors where needed.
A key conclusion to draw from the study is the need to provide staff with a uniform that staff are happy to wear. Choosing a uniform company that offers high quality, comfortable and flattering uniforms means staff don’t feel they have to make their uniforms look scruffy, e.g. un-tuck shirts, the instant they walk out of the door. A uniform should make employees look and feel good – then they will be happy to wear it.
Check back for future related posts such as uniforms worn in unusual places and best and worst uniforms!
There are many different style uniforms on the market today, all doing different jobs for different roles, but which really are the best corporate wear uniforms for in the office?
A recent BBC study posted February this year suggests a large decline in smart suits, and reports that smart casual wear is on the rise. There are many benefits of casual corporate wear. By wearing casual uniforms such as polo shirts and smart fleeces, this can help staff feel more comfortable whilst in the office. It’s been suggested the more informal the office, the better the communication which can lead to lower stress levels within the busy working environment.
This can bring up much debate about the image an office environment should portray. A counter argument is if you look professional in your job, you act more professionally too. It’s suggested that people will take you a lot more seriously if dressed in a smart suit and this can provide a lasting first impression of sophistication and professionalism for your company.
As a leading corporate wear supplier, we would add to the debate that whichever type of uniform you choose, be it a suit or casual workwear, it must be well-fitting, well cared-for and kept looking smart and crisp at all times. We’ve all seen ill-fitting poorly-pressed suits and stained ties, and this can convey a slovenly image. Conversely, polos and chinos don’t need to look too “dressed down” if they have smart embroidery and are in your company colours. The old lines between smart and casual are definitely blurring as fashions and attitudes change.
We blog every day with tips and advice on how to portray a professional corporatewear image so check back soon for further posts.
This month we are welcoming in the spring with a fantastic new offer of free collection and delivery of samples. Spring time is full of new plans for the coming summer months ahead, plans for summer holidays and lazy weekends, along with new company budgets, new staff and new summer uniforms.
We all know the benefits of corporate clothing within the workplace, and the importance of staff morale, ensuring everyone feels comfortable in the new uniform choice. An ideal way to ensure this is to sample garments prior to ordering, see our ‘Why try before you buy is a must’ blog for helpful advice.
Our April offer includes our full range of staff clothing including security uniforms, corporate wear, body armour, paramedic and hi visibility clothing. We hope this helps in your decision for choosing your ideal corporate clothes and you benefit from no charges, no obligations and no accusing questions from the boss as to why you have a box load of uniforms on your desk!
To request your samples simply call us on 08450 66 66 99, or fill in your details on our contact us form and we will get a reply over to you straight away.
A correct enforcement uniform can make all the difference to staff morale
Even in times of recession there’s no getting away from training costs, and roles such as enforcement wardens cost local authorities up to £4000 to train staff. Our message at this year’s Parkex exhibition was that providing the best warden uniform helps to retain staff. Our new garments such as the magnum striders, patrol anoraks and patrol caps are focused on keeping staff safe, warm and dry. This leads to increased staff morale meaning those staff are more likely to stay in their role and provide a return on their training investment.
Providing the right enforcement uniforms and equipment can also reduce sickness and absence. Happy staff, rather than wet, miserable staff, will also be more productive in their work. And when they know their managers are looking after them by researching the right uniform, looking at all the options and involving them in the decision-making process, this further feeds into the feel-good factor.
That’s very much been our message this Parkex, and it’s been tremendously well received, with over sixty local authorities stopping by our stand to discuss their staff’s uniform issues, and how Keltic can help solve them. If you’d like to arrange for your local authority staff to trial our garments, free of charge, to see what a difference they can make to your staff morale, just get in touch.
We just wanted to say thanks very much to everyone who stopped by our stand at Parkex last week. We had a brilliant time seeing all our lovely customers again, as well as meeting new potential ones (along with a few Star Wars characters!). Parkex is such a tremendous opportunity to get everyone under one roof and show off our civil enforcement officer uniforms in a fun environment.
Thanks for the superb feedback we got on our new products the Magnum Strider and the Patrol Cap, and for all the new ideas about future products that you shared with us. We promise to come back next year with lots more civil enforcement officer uniform innovations. Do get in touch for a free uniform consultation if we can help with anything in the meantime or if you’d like to arrange a free trial of any of our garments.
David Barry with the President of the Parking Association
Parkex 2011 was a fantastic success for exhibitors this year, and we thought it’d be worth highlighting the importance of such events in the business calendar.
First, I’m sure visitors and exhibitors alike would agree that to be able to meet clients and suppliers from the same industry – both potential and existing – all under one roof at the same time is worth the price of entry alone. It gives the opportunity to catch up with people in person that you might not otherwise get to see, to consolidate existing working relationships and form new ones.
Second, exhibitions like Parkex break up the working routine, taking staff out of their usual office environment and bombarding them with information, people and ideas which have an energising effect that can last for months. We’re sure that inspiration and innovation is at a high after Parkex for everyone in our industry.
Third – you can be nosy! Check out what the competition are doing, learn something new, consider new markets, think about what good ideas can be transferred from other markets to your own.
Our Uganda Taxi Men Visitors
Parkex can bring up opportunities you didn’t even know existed, such as the two gentlemen from Uganda Taxi Company who visited our stand this year!
At Parkex the exhibitors really do pull out all the stops – demonstrating their latest innovations, and even offering special deals or free trials to visitors. I for one can’t wait for next year!
The new alternative to Hi Tec magnum boots – our exclusive Magnum Strider
On the final day of Parkex, we’ve built on the success of our first two days, making the most of having Neal from Magnum on hand to demonstrate our exclusive new magnum shoe, an adaptation of the classic magnum boot, ideal for staff who do a lot of walking. Armed with a water tank and a spray gun full of “nasties” we’ve been demonstrating its water resistant properties, chucking all sorts of liquids at it – and because of the Strider’s water-repellent ion mask coating, they were just running off – no match for the mighty Strider!
We’ve also had test data available to show how much more durable the Strider is than its nearest (and more expensive) competitor. The Strider came about by our exclusive partnership with Magnum, a leading brand of security and safety footwear. Magnum boots are renowned for being high quality footwear among wearers, but there was a gap in the market for a highly durable walking shoe alternative. Parking staff who can pound the pavements for up to 12 miles a day, and end up with very sore feet if they’re wearing the wrong footwear. We’ve filled this gap by taking a walking shoe which Magnum make for postmen, and giving it a smarter more “uniform” appearance.
The response we’ve had on day three says it all – we’ve taken a record number of orders for Magnum footwear, and are in danger of selling out! We think it’s the unrivalled combination of durability, water resistance, breathability and comfort that have made the Strider such a hit. That and Neal’s winning way with the water tank! Thanks for everyone who stopped by our stand – it’s been a blast!
Uniform Caps go down well with Jedi Knight
Day two at Parkex brings the return of our well dressed friends – a surprise visit from the Jedi Knight and an X-Fighter Pilot, who took a real shine to one of our new products.
The pair showed off our patrol cap, which combines the classic uniform hats with the casual baseball cap to form a happy medium. The classic hat can prove uncomfortable, old fashioned, heavy and sweaty, but the baseball cap is seen by most as a step too far in the casual stakes. By combining the two the patrol cap provides a new innovation to uniform headwear.
Keltic Hat suits X Fighter at Parkex
The Patrol Cap is made from highly breathable, water-resistant, quick-drying fabric and is much lighter in weight and more flexible. This provides more comfort for the wearer and provides more protection against the elements. The style has been modernised too, with a more sophisticated, slimmer profile and a slightly smaller non-shiny fabric peak. Due to its modernised appearance, this also provides a uniform hat suitable for both male and female staff for a unified look.
Check back tomorrow for our final day, who could we meet next?
Our first day at Parkex has been the best so far; who would have thought getting a parking uniform could be so exciting! We’ve had the most visitors to our stand and a tremendous response to our new innovations the magnum strider and patrol cap. To showcase our parking attendant uniforms in this way allows us to interact with our valued customers and invite new potential customers to view exciting new products and meet the team.
There were lots of interesting sights around on day one- including people dressed in bright coloured body stockings and the cast of star wars including Princess Leia but sadly no Chewbacca. The storm troopers even stopped by our stand to check out our parking uniforms. Perhaps we’ll do a limited edition White magnum strider just for them!
Check back tomorrow for an update on day two. Anything could happen!
Parking enforcement uniforms go down a Storm