We know that all of you have been waiting on baited breath for the Pink Scrubs Video. If you’ll harken back to this blog post of July 28th, 2010, you’ll remember that Master Brands created a special scrub for Cuyuna Regional Medical Center for their Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® team. They created a video to showcase the cause, and they’re wearing the scrubs in it. So without further adieu here is the video. Way to go Cuyuna Regional Medical Center!!!
By John F Black
In an era where each individual is unique in their clothing style choices, many corporations have found it necessary to require their employees wear corporate uniforms. Some may be upset by the idea of being told exactly what to wear to work each day, while others may welcome the idea of not having to think about what to wear. Ultimately, there are many important reasons why a company would require you to wear a uniform.
One of the main important reasons why many corporations have turned to uniforms is that it helps the company to market their name. When your employees are wearing custom made uniforms with your embroidered name and logo on them, you are continuously exposing your customers to your logo. If you choose a specific combination of colors, your customers begin to identify those colors with your company. Proper marketing is all about continuous exposure and what better way to continuously expose your company then with your employees clothing.
Another reason why corporate uniforms have become so popular, is that it takes away the need to constantly check and regulate the dress code. A company’s image is determined by its employees. If your employees are dressed inappropriately, it makes your company look bad. Imposing a dress code on your employees can be difficult enforce, seeing how some individuals may take it personally if they are told that their attire is inappropriate. So to simplify things and to make for neat and clean appearances, many companies now choose to have uniforms.
If your business is a service based business like a hotel, airline, or even store, corporate uniforms help your clients to identify the employees. When you have a company where a lot of individuals from the outside come in, if your employees are dressed similar it can leave your customers guessing who works for you. By wearing uniforms, you take the guess work out and your customers will know exactly who they need to turn to for help.
As you can see adding corporate uniforms to your company’s policy can help you in so many ways, whether its marketing, keeping a great image or providing your customers with excellent service.
If you feel that your company is in need of a uniform program, then Master Brands is the place for you. We offer uniform programs of all sorts. From Custom Printed T-shirts to full fledged Fire Resistant Gear, we can meet any need your company might have.
SafetyGuy08 from safetycommunity.com posted a great 3 part series on Welding Safety. The links to the 3 articles are below but first here is a little excerpt that talks about the important of FRC Safety clothing:
Certain precautions therefore have to be taken in order to avoid burns. Bare skin is, of course, not recommended. Flame retardant and fire resistant clothing is necessary. In addition, a certain number of other issues have to be taken into consideration:
- No pockets – With flying super heated debris flying around, pockets are a hazard. Hot pieces can land inside a pocket and burn without being able to fall away.
- Buttoned up collars – Keeping flying debris out of the neck line is essential
- Shirts outside of the pants – Tucking the shirts inside the pants creates the same type of issue that pockets do. Shirts outside of the pants allow the hot particles to fall away rather than simmering.
- Pants without cuffs – Cuffs end up essentially being the same thing as pockets.
- Flammable and combustible material needs to be far from the welding area. Sparks and debris can be projected up to 35 feet or more.
- The rules above about clothing apply to co-workers and others who might be in the immediate vicinity
- Know the location of the fire extinguishers before you start working. Once a fire is blazing, it’s too late to go looking for it. Be prepared.
When dealing with temperatures that can reach 10,000 degrees, and complete skin coverage, especially with FR clothing, we are automatically talking about the possibility of heat stress. Understand the symptoms and treatment of heat related health issues and take the appropriate measures. Make sure that you take frequent breaks away from the heat and stay hydrated at all times.
You can read all three post at the following links…
We recently were asked to create some pink scrubs for The Cuyuna Regional Medical Center annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® team. We were excited to be able to participate in such a great cause.
We’d like to share a few pictures from the event as well as the story of how this all came to be. We will attach the video in a couple months when it is complete.
If you’re an avid Office Space follower, you have to remember the scene where Jennifer Anniston’s character expresses her feelings about here flare. If you haven’t seen the movie, here is a clip of the scene below.
She had been berated about here flare in other parts of the movie as well, and you could tell that it didn’t make her like her job.
Here is an article from The San Francisco Chronicle that discusses
The seven worst chain restaurant – fast food uniforms of all time. As you can tell there are some real doozies.
Don’t be a dud, choose Master Brands for your uniform program, and avoid being a laughing stock.
Did you know that 32 million people wear uniforms to work today? A couple of reasons for this is because it allows companies to project a unified image, and because it takes stress off of the manager in terms of what their employees wear to work. Uniforms also make employees easily identified to customers and clients.
From: Financial News Today.
If you are careful not to select a uniform that is ugly or difficult to wear, most employees will accept that they have to wear them without any problems. Uniforms let members of staff know that you care about their appearance and that you do not mind making an investment in them. Uniforms are good for morale too, as they encourage a feeling of togetherness in the workplace.
You will probably end up paying somewhere between $100 to $500 per employee for each uniform, with the difference in estimates coming down to how many items you need to buy and the quality that you opt for. That may seem like a lot of money but the average shelf life of a staff uniform is two years so, over time, it does not end up costing too much.
At the very minimum, you will need to buy a shirt for each of your employees as, being the most visible, that is the most important item of a staff uniform. You might want to tell your workers that they need to get a pair of black pants or a skirt, but be prepared for the fact that a few of them will not dress up to your standards because they are not going to want to wear their best clothing to work.
Spending some time to choose which colors are best is crucial since color alone can really enhance or diminish the appearance of an entire uniform. You need to choose colors that match, will look good with your logo, and which do no easily show up stains and dirt. It would be best to go with three colors at most, with one of those colors being the main color of your company logo.
Look for stain guard treated fabrics when choosing staff uniforms as these fabrics will last, and will keep their full colors, for longer. You will probably want to shell out a bit more money in order to get better quality items, because over the long run this will save you money. You will want to select a uniform that is comfortable for the area in which your employees work, so if they work in a hot area, you will want cool clothing, and if they work in a cold area, you will want warm clothing.
Uniforms aren’t just for fast food, Wal*Mart employees, and auto workers anymore. There are many companies today who require uniforms of all of their employees from their janitorial staff to top level executives.
I worked as a mid-level manager at a large company for many years. At a different company, I would certainly have had to wear proper business attire. But everyone at this particular company had to wear uniforms. It was my first experience with uniforms (outside of sports), and I have to say that I really like the idea. While some of you may bristle at the thought of such a major constraint to your wardrobe, there are actually many benefits that come with having to wear a uniform to work. For example, work uniforms allow you to:
1. Save Money
I had a friend who worked at the Gap while we were in high school. She worked three nights a week and on weekends, but never seemed to have any money to go out to lunch or to the movies. I asked her what she was spending her paychecks on. “Well, the store policy is that we have to wear Gap clothes when we are working,” she complained. “I don’t have a lot of Gap stuff, so I have to use most of my paycheck to buy their clothes!”
That’s perhaps an extreme example, but there is some underlying truth to the scenario. The biggest clothing expense for adults is most likely their business wardrobe. Suits, dresses, slacks, blouses, blazers, and ties are all very expensive, but also very necessary in most office environments. Even if you work somewhere that has followed the “business casual” movement, you will still have to shell out quite a bit of money for appropriate attire. Clothes don’t last very long before either wearing out or simply looking outdated, which means you will have to replace a good portion of your work wardrobe every few seasons or so. And don’t forget dry cleaning costs, which can really add up after a while. With a work uniform, even if it just consists of a company shirt or blouse rather than a whole outfit, you wouldn’t have to worry about most of these costs.
2. Save Time
I’m sure we’ve all had those mornings. You know the ones. You wake up late, scramble out of bed and into the shower, then panic because you can’t decide what to wear, or even worse, don’t have anything clean to wear. With work uniforms, you will never have to spend time trying to pick out the day’s outfit. Think of how much time this will save you each morning. You can sleep an extra 15 minutes every day! Depending on how many uniforms you have, you probably won’t be stuck without anything clean to wear, either. The company I worked for started each employee off with two shirts. Then we could purchase as many additional shirts as we wanted for $7 each. I had a total of eight uniform shirts, so I could go a pretty long time without having to worry about doing laundry.
3. Get More Accomplished
I don’t know about your office, but a friend of mine worked in a place that had a pretty active rumor mill and gossip group among the staff. She said that she would sometimes accidentally walk in on a bunch of women who gathered in the restroom to make malicious comments about the way others were dressed. I guess there was one young woman in particular that liked to show off her figure. It was just the usual combination of jealousy and pettiness that fueled these gatherings, but the bottom line is that work wasn’t getting done. If everyone in that office had to wear the same uniforms, it would be one less thing for people to waste time on. Granted, those who love to gossip would in all likelihood just move on and find other things to criticize, such as hair or makeup, but at least there wouldn’t be anything to say about clothes.
4. Be on Equal Footing
Finally, I think it’s important to mention that uniforms bring everyone to a certain level of equality. When wearing regular business clothes, it’s easy to note differences among the staff. The guy who wears Armani suits is probably making just a bit more money than the guy who buys his suits off the rack at J.C. Penney. These kinds of differences can bring unnecessary tension or resentment into the workplace. Uniforms help eliminate some of these more obvious disparities.
If a uniform program is something you think your company would like implement. Master Brands is the company for you, we offer a wide array of uniform products, and we don’t lock you into a contract either. We want you to do business with us because we’re worthy of it, not because you’re locked into a contract to do such. Check us out at Master Uniform.
What do you think of when you hear of a chef or nurse uniform? When you think of chef’s uniform you probably think of him/her dressed in a crisp white uniform with a large hat, when you think of a nurse’s uniform you might think of a neatly pressed white uniform as well. The styles in uniforms in these industries greatly vary, and here’s a bit more about them.
Many chefs do not wear their full uniforms while they are working, but usually the respectable hotels and restaurants insist that their chefs wear all the uniform. These uniforms are made of several pieces. From these, the most popular is of course the chef hat, which is a big white hat with special decorations on top. Also known are the chef’s apron and scarf. Most chefs wear these pieces all the time. But the uniform is also composed of a bandanna, a tie, a pair of pants, gloves and shoes. These parts are not compulsory however.
Large chains of restaurants and hotels usually prefer that their chefs wear designer jackets that have the brand of the hotel written on them. Also, instead of the well-known chef hats they may wear normal caps. This is recommended, because they can keep hair finds from falling inside the food. But the other people in the kitchen are wearing regular caps, so it’s better if the chef wears his special hat so that he can be recognized.
When it comes to the chef uniform’s colur, usually the regular color is white, a color that inspires higene, but this is not a standard, the uniforms may have any color, depending on what the company wants. Some prefer dark colors because stains are less visible in this case.
The apron is usually used to display the company’s logo, and the pants are usually baggy ones, that allow freedom of movement. Finally, the shoes must have low heels and they too must be comfortable.
On the other hand, nurses uniform’s included few pieces at the beginning. the firs ones were simply white dresses with an apron attached. But as time passed, this changed, and now thy are composed of a pair of comfortable pants and a tunic. The colors may vary from situation to situation, but the most popular colors are of course the white ones, and these also help the patients recognize the nurses.
Many different types of uniforms are available for purchasing on the Internet, and clients may also order customized ones, that fit their preferences.