Choosing the Right Uniform for Your Business in Washington and Oregon

Choosing the right uniform for your business can be difficult. A lot of factors go into choosing the best uniform for your industry, employees, and brand. U.S. Linen and Uniform have a few tips to help to make the process of choosing and ordering uniforms a little bit easier!

Fabric

The fabric you choose for your uniforms will play a huge factor in how comfortable your employees are! Choosing between cotton, nylon, polyester, and ripstop will depend on the environment and the desired durability. A welder should not work in cotton scrubs; a nurse probably does not need to wear heavy fabrics. U.S. Linen and Uniform suggest thinking about what environment your employees are in and what they are doing every day to give you a better idea of what type of fabric will suit their comfort and practical uniform needs.

Seasonality

When choosing the best uniform for your business, think about the temperatures and weather your employees will be working in. If your employees are outside year-round, you might consider shorts and pants for the uniform. If your employees are working outdoors in Oregon and Washington, they will likely need waterproof pants and jackets and in the summer breathable long sleeves to protect them from the sun. Thinking about the seasons will help you determine what your employees are going to be most comfortable wearing year-round.

Color

The color of your uniforms will set the tone for your brand and you want to choose colors to complement your logo but are appropriate for your industry. Your kitchen crew works around food all day and spills happen, so a white uniform is easy to bleach would be a good option for your business!

When choosing a color for uniforms, U.S. Linen and Uniform suggest keeping in mind the color functionality for your industry, seasonality, and logo design!

Quantity

It is a good idea to have spare uniforms readily available in case of accidents or new hires. Will your employees need a warm and cold weather uniform to effectively do their job? You want to take into consideration how often your employees are wearing their uniforms, frequency of use will help you determine how many uniforms each employee will need throughout the week or month, so they are always able to wear a clean and good-looking uniform. Planning for how many you need will help you order an amount which works for your business.

Potential Hazards

Uniforms play a vital role in protecting your employees from potential hazards. Would a short sleeve uniform protect a chef from splattering hot oils? Do your employees spend their day around machinery? Would an apron with loose stings be safe around heavy machinery? U.S. Linen and Uniform suggest thinking about environmental hazards and materials your employees will be working around every day to help you choose a uniform to best protect your employees!

One of the best things you can do as a business owner is to talk to your employees about what they want and need in a uniform because they will be wearing it every day. Involving your employees in the uniform process and taking into consideration their needs will get your employees excited about new uniforms. Talking with your staff about uniforms shows them you care about their opinions, well-being, safety, and comfort!