More and more companies are moving on from formal uniforms and adopting a smart casual dress code, which has been seen to have many benefits to employees and the overall atmosphere of the workplace as the style prioritises both professionalism and comfort, which has become a priority throughout the corporate world in recent years. 

A smart casual dress code balances formal and informal wear, which can positively impact the workplace by allowing employees freedom over what they wear while still having a professional appearance that clients value.

A company’s dress code can significantly impact employees; an overly formal dress code can reduce motivation to work and inhibit an employee’s creativity. Allowing employees to choose what to wear from a clothing range increases morale and job satisfaction due to physical and mental comfort. Additionally, less formal dress codes can be beneficial to employees with disabilities as it grants the opportunity to dress in a way that is convenient and comfortable for their health. 

The definition of smart casual can differ depending on the company and industry, so it is advised that when changing from formal to smart casual, guidelines are set to avoid confusion and ensure that no one is dressing inappropriately. 

While switching to smart casual wear can be incredibly beneficial, as an employer, you should continue a semi-coordinated appearance for client meetings or maintain a cohesive team image. Enduro’s uniform collection contains items that suit a smart casual dress code while staying cohesive to your company. 

Offering both gendered and unisex clothing, the Enduro uniform collection is high-quality and professional, including different fits of trousers, polos with both long and short sleeves and multiple jackets. This collection gives employees a uniformed look while allowing them to express themselves, improving employee engagement. 

Employers buying Enduro uniforms can have great benefits to employees as it eases financial burdens. Buying business formal clothing individually, such as suits and dresses, can be incredibly expensive, especially when prioritising quality and durability. This financial responsibility can create a sense of inequality in the workplace, which has no benefit to productivity or the working atmosphere. 

Purchasing Enduro’s uniform as an employer alleviates financial pressures on employees and provides everyone with the same high-quality clothes, allowing for the workplace to be an equal and productive place. 

If you are interested in Enduro’s uniform collection or want to learn more about the benefits of a smart casual dress code, please contact us today.

Hi Vis Jackets are functional and made to conform to safety and visibility standards. This 7-in-1 jacket is all-weather, ideal for both the warmer and colder months.

HI VIS JACKET FEATURES

As you can see below, there are seven different way to wear this multifunctional jacket. Wear it as a complete garment, or separate it into an outer jacket, inner jacket and bodywarmer by removing the sleeves.

Highly versatile, it is suitable for all seasons with its breathable outer shell and removable hood. An array of pockets makes it easy to get any job done. An external phone pocket, fleece lined collar on the outer garment and hand warmer pockets make the jacket extra comfortable and convenient. It is equipped with D Rings for identity tags and 3M reflective tape for ultimate visibility.

Speaking of visibility, the jacket conforms to EN ISO 20471 Class 3 (High Visibility) and EN343 Class 3 Water Penetration and Air Permeability.

It’s simple to change up your look for different weather and activities. The inner jacket has zip out sleeves that are removed and reattached with ease.

WEARING YOUR HI VIS JACKET

OUTER AND INNER JACKET

The first option is to wear the garment complete, ideal for colder weather as it provides warmth while you’re on the job. Uncomfortable clothing is the last thing you should be worrying about on the job, so the jacket is made to be breathable and provides wind protection.

OUTER JACKET ONLY

For warmer or wetter weather when breathability is the most important consideration. The lightweight outer jacket ensures you’re Class 3 compliant, whilst protecting from the elements. Use the hood for added rain protection.

INNER JACKET ONLY

When a lighter options is required, the cosy inner jacket ensures you remain visible with reflective strips and hi-vis.

INNER JACKET ONLY (REVERSED)

For a casual look on your break or after work, the inner jacket offers comfort and warmth without the glare of yellow or orange hi-vis being immediately visible.

OUTER JACKET WITH BODYWARMER (SLEEVES REMOVED)

The inner jacket turns into a bodywarmer with the outer jacket on top – but don’t worry, the inner sleeves can be zipped on and off quickly if you want to put them back on.

BODYWARMER ONLY

Offering comfort – just without the arms! – the inner jacket can be turned into a body warmer at a moment’s notice.

BODYWARMER ONLY (REVERSED)

Again, go for the casual look by reversing the bodywarmer.

BEFORE YOU BUY

Make sure you are familiar with the requirements for your industry and role by following HSE guidance.

Enquire about the 7-in-1 jacket

View our Hi Vis range

 

Footwear Safety Standards have updated. This guide helps you understand the amendments and how they affect your business.

The EN ISO 20345:2011 safety standard existed for over 10 years. It is therefore understandable that a refresh is here. The standard is revised by ISO 20345:2021. Products certified to EN ISO 20345:2011 do not need to be retested. That is, until the certification is renewed in five years.

FOOTWEAR SAFETY STANDARDS AMENDMENTS

  • Testing methods are more precise for specific boot types
  • Testing methods updated and aim to represent real safety scenarios
  • All new materials are rigorously tested
  • Slip and water-resistance is improved and updated
  • Penetration and ladder grip tests have new codes and tests
  • Safety standard markings are merged and changed

FOOTWEAR SAFETY STANDARDS; CHANGES EXPLAINED

ANKLE PROTECTION

New testing requirements consider the changing area of impact. This is based on boot size and therefore improves accuracy. The previous requirement was applicable to all sizes.

LADDER GRIP (LG)

To meet the ISO 20345:2021 standard, shoes now have to match the same standard as firefighters.

SLIP RESISTANCE (ADDITION OF SR, REMOVAL OF SRA, SRB AND SRC)

Testing is conducted on ceramic tile surfaces instead of steel. The heel and forepart are tested instead of the flat part of the shoe. The optional slip resistance test contaminant solution is now different.

The SRA, B and C markings are obsolete. This is because slip resistance is mandatory now and so no markings are required. However, the optional slip test is available to gain the SR marking.

PUNCTURE RESISTANCE (PL – 4.5MM, PS – 3MM)

Non-Metal Anti-Penetration Inserts (NMAPI) now have two test types. The first uses a 4.5mm nail and the second a 3mm nail.

SCUFF CAP ABRASION RESISTANCE (SC)

This new addition tests scuff cap durability and is tested over 1,000 abrasion cycles. It therefore ensures ultimate toe cap protection.

WATER RESISTANCE (ADDITION OF WPA, REMOVAL OF WRU)

WRU (water-resistant uppers) is now WPA (water penetration and absorption). The test now includes new footwear positioning – and utilises paper.

WHAT IF I BUY MY OWN FOOTWEAR?

Please familiarise yourself with these changes and ensure you are protected at work. A good understanding is key to keep yourself safe.

WHAT IF I PURCHASE FOOTWEAR FOR OTHER EMPLOYEES?

A comprehensive understanding is vital. When you talk to suppliers, specificities about the protection level needed are essential. As a result, you can help keep your team safe.

Please contact us for further information. We’re here to help.

Call us on 01235 814 112

 

We all know that finding quality, long-lasting Branded Workwear that everyone likes AND keeps to budget, is no menial task. Not to mention the amount of admin it can create. And that’s before you even consider if your new range will conform to brand guidelines.

Would you like the whole process to be a lot simpler? Who wouldn’t? With over 30 years of experience in Branded Workwear, Corporate Wear and PPE, we take you through the things to consider when you’re looking at switching up your company’s workwear.

Did you know… you can save by ordering on the Online Workwear Portal. Delivery is £10.95 for Portal orders under £150, saving you £2!

PLANNING AHEAD

Consider how long the full rollout of the uniforms from start to finish will take. For example, the time (dependent on order size) from when we receive the order to when it is dispatched. If you’re a large organisation, plenty of notice to ensure you receive your order on time would be best.

APPROVAL

How long is the turnaround for approval in your organisation? Unrealistic timings can delay projects. If departments such as Marketing will need to be involved, it’s best to account for this at the start. Don’t forget that when it comes to comfort and style, employee feedback will also be required, which may include trials of clothing lines.

Once we have created your bespoke customer portal, some organisations require all orders to be approved by an admin at their end. This keeps control of spending, before we get the ok to dispatch them. Take this into consideration when rolling out high priority changes to workwear lines, or putting together a range for a specific event.

SEASONALITY

What time of year is it? Are employees likely to be looking for warmer or cooler clothing soon? You may want to consider prioritising coats, jackets and winter accessories if winter is drawing near. Certain times of year are busier for couriers – the festive season, for example. You may want to consider this in your plans.

DEPARTMENTS

Is workwear only needed for the office? Or do you have employees out on the road, technicians, site or warehouse staff? The requirements for each will be different and this also depends on your industry. Workwear needs to be fit for purpose, up to safety requirements and able to stand up to the daily challenges of the role.

COMPANY GOALS

Are there special requirements for your company based on its positioning and its values? For example, it may be really important for your workwear to be sustainable, organic or recyclable to demonstrate commitment to the environment. This includes any industry-specific standards you need to conform to, or accreditations that you need to be aware of.

BRAND GUIDELINES

Make sure you have the latest Brand Guidelines and that you’re using brand colours in the new workwear range. Logo colours also need to be correct. Logos should be shown clearly for your brand to be recognisable.

MATERIALS

As mentioned, you need to consider if sustainability is a priority for your organisation’s branded workwear. What common issues come up employees talk about the current workwear offering? Common ones include comfort and longevity. Material is important as cotton is lighter and more breathable, whereas polyester is more resistant to shrinkage but can be heavier, stuffier and more uncomfortable.

SAMPLES

Don’t be afraid to ask a sales rep for samples so that you can get a real feel for the sizing and the fabric. We can even arrange a meeting and bring some of the clothes along, so that you can see what the quality is really like. It’s important that you’re happy with your choice and strike the best medium between value and quality.

LOGO POSITIONING

Are you just looking for one logo on your garments? Does this vary depending on what type of clothing it is? You can have a logo on the Left Hand Breast (LHB) on a polo shirt for example, with the colleage’s name sewn on the Right Hand Breast (RHB), a logo on the back of the garment or even the yoke (just below the neck). Your brand guidelines may specify this, so make sure you check.

Our friendly team are available from 7am-5pm Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays) to answer any questions you may have.

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