How to choose the right workwear for your business

How to choose the right workwear for your business
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Choosing new workwear for your employees is an important decision to get right. After all, it’s an essential investment in your workers’ comfort and safety, as well as being an integral part of your brand identity. But it’s not just about practicalities and image either – choosing your company’s workwear needs to be simple from a management and logistics point of view too.

Here’s our quick guide to the questions you need ask when choosing workwear for your business:

  1. Do you need branded workwear?
    Even if your staff aren’t all front-of-house, public-facing employees, branded workwear that represents your company’s identity is still important. Consider items that can be embroidered or printed to give a consistent and professional look across your company workwear. And make sure the embroidery or branding is of an excellent quality so that it stays looking good for longer, even after many spins in a washing machine.
  2. Do you need safety workwear?
    If your business is in the aviation, facilities management, logistics, utilities & construction or grounds maintenance industries, safety workwear is critical to protect your employees against any hazards they may face. Your workwear supplier needs to meet all the industry minimum standards and provide clothing and equipment that’s suitable for the individual tasks of each employee. Choosing a PPE supplier that can supply the appropriate workwear and equipment for all of your staff, whatever role they are fulfilling, makes ordering and managing workwear and equipment simpler.
  3. What quality of clothing do you need?
    Company workwear should be of a sufficient quality that it will last well, withstand rigorous washing and retain its robustness and colour vibrancy. Cheap clothing will quickly prove to be a false economy. And when it comes to safety workwear, high quality is essential to adequately protect against hazards.
  4. How will you distribute the new clothing and equipment internally?
    When you’ve ordered a large amount of workwear and equipment, it needs to be easy to distribute to your employees. A man-pack service means that clothes and equipment are labelled before they leave the supplier, making internal distribution easy. This way the right clothing in the right sizes reaches the right employees – a much more efficient process than managing labelling and distribution yourself.
  5. How will you keep track of your employees’ equipment usage?
    Understanding how your employees use equipment and track how many items are being reordered and at what frequency offers an essential insight into your business. Look for a supplier that provides an online management portal and forecasting supply chain management as these services will give you critical insight about what is being ordered and its usage too. You’ll be able to see trends emerging and understand if you need to manage things differently.
  6. Is there a workwear problem you need to solve?
    Even if your supplier has a comprehensive range of workwear, can they work with you to develop new products that respond to the unique demands of your company? At Contego, our dedicated Product Development team works with clients resolve specific issues and produce professional workwear that meets their exact requirements.

With over 23 years of experience, you can trust Contego to know your industry well and help guide you through the process of purchasing, designing and branding.

Contego Safety Solutions offers a comprehensive range of workwear, safety clothing and equipment, PPE and accessories, and an unsurpassed level of customer service.

Find out more about Contego Safety Solutions’ extensive range by downloading the Contego Catalogue now, visiting our website www.contegosafety.co.uk or contacting our friendly team on 0800 122 3323 or sales@contegosafety.co.uk.