Corporate uniforms are great for employers, especially in customer-facing businesses like retail. They help cement your brand's image, ensure staff are suitably dressed, and can also increase safety by using materials and designs that protect the wearer. Unfortunately, employees aren't always as happy with uniforms as employers are.

It doesn't have to be like that, though. It's perfectly possible to introduce a uniform that your employees are happy to wear to work every day, and one that still does the job it's meant to do. Here are some tips to help you design an employee-friendly work outfit.

Don't go crazy with the colours

Although it's important to include your brand's signature colours in your uniform design, going overboard is a quick way to make people feel uncomfortable wearing it. This is particularly the case if your colours are bright, bold, or unusual.

It's possible to make uniforms instantly recognisable as part of your brand without getting carried away with colours. Just a few elements here and there makes people instantly recognisable as part of your company, but without them feeling foolish.

Offer a few choices

The whole point of a uniform is that it makes a group of people look like a team, but this similarity is one of the reasons people sometimes don't like to wear one. Of course, too much choice would defeat the purpose of having a uniform, but you can still give your staff a few options.

For example, let people choose between shirt and polo shirt, skirt and trousers, and provide two or three different tie designs. This gives staff the scope to personalise their outfit a little bit while still fitting in with the overall scheme.

Remember, too, to supply a good range of sizes so that employees can get a good, comfortable fit.

Make sure it looks really smart

Some designs may seem like a good idea on the drawing board, and certainly help to create a strong image, they're not so good in practice.

It's best to keep things relatively simple, sticking to classic styles and avoiding gimmicks. Things like hats and other unusual elements should be optional at best.

Time-honoured outfits like a simple, collared top and a pair of trousers or a skirt are best for making your staff look smart. Unless you run an unusual business like a themed restaurant, anything else will almost certainly make employees unhappy whenever they get dressed for work.