Uniforms have been around for a long time, to demonstrate to the general public that those wearing it are part of a unified force, performing a specific task.
Walk into your local fast-food chain, and you can see that all the workers are sporting the same attire, emblazoned with the company logo, serving not only as a means of distinction from the general public but also as a useful marketing tool.
Different types of uniforms
Chef’s wear the traditional white cotton uniform accompanied by the toque Blanche (that pointy hat that falls on one side).
The hat itself serves to stop hair falling into the food, and the thick cotton material the uniform is made from serves to protect the wearer from the heat of the stove or boiling liquid penetrating to their skin.
Usually, the chef’s uniform will contain pockets to make it easier for the wearer to carry the tools of the trade.
Soldiers on the other hand wear uniforms so that they can look like a unified force, and also to gain respect and credibility of others, within the military hierarchy.
The higher up an officer is, stripes and stars are added to the uniform accordingly.
Additionally military uniforms have a significant tactical importance in their ability to conceal the soldier within various operational environments.
They typically all feature pockets, fasteners and other features specifically designed to assist in combat situations.
We are also familiar with the scrub’s that medical professionals like doctors and nurses’ wear as their uniform.
They are usually designed to be comfortable and straightforward, to allow for free-flowing movement, which is something health professionals often need.
They also will typically have pockets to carry things like pens for writing notes other other medical equipment.
For example, construction workers are required to wear ‘high-visibility’ uniforms.
This is because in a construction site, many heavy types of machinery operate on-site, and it’s essential that all workers are highly visible to reduce the risk of accidents.
Uniforms for enhanced productivity
Uniforms also have other advantages.
By making sure all workers are wearing the same clothes, this improves unity and equality within the workforce, having the psychological effect on staff that they belong to part of a team. This causes better moral which causes better productivity.
Uniforms also streamline morning routine, eliminating the task of picking out clothes, which could disrupt employee tardiness.
Since most uniforms are designed with the specific task the wearer will perform in mind, they can also help to make work more safely which means less down-time for injuries or fatigue.
For example, steel-capped work boots for construction type work are mandatory, which allows protecting a worker from a foot injury.
Wearing a uniform helps get your ‘mind in the game.’
As soon as you put your uniform on, your subconscious already prepares for the task at hand, essentially getting the wearer in the zone.
It could be a police uniform, or a firefighter uniform (which are specifically made to protect the wearer from extreme heat and have the gas mask to protect the wearer from breathing in dangerous fumes), all uniforms have a purpose in mind.
Suppose we break down the word and take it to its roots, ‘uni-form.’
A singular form, a state of being one and united.
Look no further than a good quality right uniform, to see how well a company is operating.