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|  Workplace  |  EquipmEnt & SuppliES and team spirit. It also strengthens self-awareness and builds a ing services provider. This aspect is worth keeping in mind when greater sense of empowerment. Having a team appear in public, at several crews of the same company are busy doing different jobs the customer’s premises or elsewhere, wearing the company colors at the same customer’s premises. Small differences in colors underscores an engaging and professional profile. and accessories, like shirts or hats, help to keep distinguish the cleaning teams and still make it easy to associate them with one What makes workwear work? company. Another trend is gaining ground: uniforms showing Professional clothing should essentially fulfill the functional distinctive tastes in color and cut. Businesses want to stand requirements of both the employee and the employer. A modern cut out and an effective way to achieve this is to opt for workwear that also provides sufficient freedom of movement is an important with bright and unusual color combinations. Here, working with aspect because you want employees to feel comfortable on the job. fluorescent accents has less to do with safety than it does with The degree to which it addresses specific on-the-job requirements clothing sophistication. and the range of available sizes also contributes to employees feeling at ease in company clothes. All of these factors eventually Thinking it through determine whether workwear will be worn enthusiastically or In addition to an extensive range of standard products, Fristads perceived as being just more ‘work.’ Kansas in Norderstedt proposes bespoke workwear and protective When selecting company clothing, the range of available varia- clothing solutions. The Company Apparel department is dedicated tions must be taken into account. Some employees feel most com- to handling special professional clothing requests. Once the fortable in a polo shirt, others prefer a T-shirt. Even if smocks and customer’s corporate identity is clear, the team at Fristads Kansas jackets have become established apparel in the cleaning trade, looks beyond color and design aspects to also integrate functional many women much prefer to wear pants. These and other prefer- requirements and legislative guidelines in the area of work safety. ences should be considered when putting together the company If certification is necessary, Fristads Kansas will coordinate the wardrobe. Image factors also play an important role. Like taste- process as well. ful color coordination. Professional clothing colors are usually The first step in developing company workwear is a thorough inspired by the company’s logo and/or colors that tend to be asso- needs analysis. This involves meetings with various company ciated with the industry. Aligning workwear colors with industry representatives and employees; open and precise feedback is very colors is a sound approach when employees not only have to don important. During this initial stage, the focus is on gathering the company clothes, but also regulation-compliant protective gear. individual requirements of the company’s desired appearance The protective overalls used for cleaning tanks are a good example and mission-specific apparel. In addition to a professional and here. Since the selection of colors for many lines of protective functional clothing type, this can include additional details such as clothing is restricted, sticking with the colors that are typical of special pockets or material that is less susceptible to soiling. This the industry can make it simpler to design company workwear approach enables Fristads Kansas to reliably meet the expectations that projects a strong visual identity. of all those who will be wearing the clothes. Bespoke workwear and accessories are also effective in more Once the functional aspects are sorted, it’s time to address the ways clearly identifying the various specialist departments of a clean- in which the company’s brand and values are to be reflected in the A crisp, consistent and distinctive look is a strong recognition factor for Subtle variations in color combinations are a good way to set apart crews any business. Photo: Kwintet Germany with different cleaning tasks on the same premises. Photo: Larosé 62 GLOBAL CLEANING | ISSUE 2016


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