I’m a great believer in the use of staff uniforms. Why wear staff uniforms?
1) They help establish an employee dress code.
2) Staff uniforms eliminate the question of what to wear to work. Front of the house staff are also spared the cost of having to buy expensive elegant clothing.
3) Uniforms can be very comfortable.
4) Uniforms make it easy for guests to identify staff.
5) Uniforms also help create the sense of team unity. (Good management will make the spirit of team unity, a reality).
6) Uniforms can advertise your business. I always wear a staff shirt even if I’m off duty. My staff shirt has caught the eye of other business people – helping me to build a business network. Travelers looking for a place to stay in the Lykens Valley have approached me after seeing my shirt. I have even had two waitresses refer prospective guests to me while dining in a restaurant. Since I realize that my shirt helps to attract business, I always make a point of carrying business cards to share with anyone I meet.
Uniforms may be purchased from a number of different suppliers. I like to use King Menus: http://www.kingmenus.com
I purchase unisex Jersey knit shirts in forest green for $7.77 each. Our logo of a pink rose with our inn’s name is available for an additional $7.99 each for a total cost of $15.76 (not including the cost of shipping) for each shirt.
The housekeeper wears a staff shirt and long trousers with close toed shoes.
I wear my staff shirt with chef trousers, (either herringbone, black with white vertical stripes, or solid black), and a burgundy red apron. I also wear socks with either chef clogs or black leather shoes – both of which have built in arch support since I’m usually on my feet for a good part of the day.
I even have a dozen chef jackets bearing my name, white chef hats, and red neckerchefs – though I seldom dress as a chef anymore since I have discontinued our dinner operations in favor of running a strict B&B operation as opposed to that of a country inn.