How uniforms can shape identity

The great workplace uniform debate is one that has been argued for many years; some workplaces adopt a more casual dress code while others have strict guidelines on what a worker should wear. However, did you know there is more to workwear than you might think and uniforms have the power to shape a worker's identity?

It creates a barrier between work life and social life

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If you've ever worked from home, you'll notice just how unproductive working in your pyjamas can make you feel. A uniform is a physical reminder that you should be working, and wearing one can make you produce your very best results during the workday. It also gives you a chance to really relax as once you've changed out of your uniform, you can forget about your work identity until you have to resume your role the next day; this allows you to forget about any work stressors the second you change into your comfortable home clothes.

Uniforms make you feel part of a group

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Teamwork is a crucial aspect of any job and if you want to represent a cohesive brand, your workers will have to get along with their peers. A uniform can help employees to adopt a group identity, allowing an individual to feel more accepted in their group of work colleagues.

Clothing holds power

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You'll be surprised at just how much power clothing can hold, and numerous studies show that others perceive you as more powerful and capable if you're wearing a uniform. This sense of authority will make the wearer feel more confident in their job role and capable of doing an excellent job in their position, which is exactly what a successful company should aim for.

Make work decisions that matter

Have you ever wondered why Steve Jobs wore the same black turtle neck every day? He believed in a psychological concept called decision fatigue, which states that workers should focus more on important job decisions than their wardrobe choices. A work uniform employs the same principles, allowing employees to develop a more conscientious and hardworking attitude in their place of work.