UK workers believe there is a gender divide when it comes to work uniforms

One in five workers believe that men and women are not treated equally when it comes to uniforms in the workplace, a new survey revealed.

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The research, conducted by personalised clothing brand Banana Moon, found that while over half of workers surveyed believed that uniforms were still important in the workplace, 20 per cent felt that there is a gender divide.

The survey also revealed that of those who believed there was an imbalance, men felt more strongly about it. The survey showed that 21 per cent of men had strong opinions while only 17 per cent of women did.

The survey, which interviewed 1,000 workers, suggested that 43 per cent of respondents believed that people wearing a uniform are more trustworthy compared to those who are not; 40 per cent of people said that wearing a uniform gives them pride in their work; and 31 per cent of people felt that wearing a uniform made them feel more productive.

Alex Grace, Marketing Director at Banana Moon said, “It’s worrying that many people in the UK believe there is a gender divide when it comes to workwear, especially when there are many great unisex uniforms on the market.

“As our results show, uniforms can enhance an employee’s pride in working for a business and have a positive effect on the entire workforce, therefore it is important that companies get it right.”

“Finding a uniform to please everyone can be difficult, but it is achievable and it is something that companies should invest plenty of time researching. Talk to your employees and see what they would feel comfortable wearing.”

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