Dear Mr. Molloy:
Six months ago our company decided to put our employees in uniforms. The uniform people said that putting them in uniforms would make them feel like a team and illicit better cooperation. I think, that’s hogwash.
I am one of 8 supervisors who work on the line. We have been given uniforms in the company’s colors that are only slightly different from those worn by the men on the line. We wear the same slacks but the workers wear golf shirts while we wear dress shirts Three of the senior managers have been given sports jackets In the company’s colors with large logos on the back identical to new logos on the shirts.
I have a meeting next week at which the other managers and I will be asked to comment on the uniforms and their impact. I don’t think they work but I’d like your opinion to back me up before I say anything,
Name and Address Withheld
Obviously someone high up in your company agreed to this test, so be very careful even if you’re right you may end up making a mistake. I suggest you put your objections in the form of questions. Ask the uniform manufacturer how they know that introducing these uniforms will eventually lead to better team spirit.
If a company chooses the right uniforms and has a program for creating “Team Spirit” uniforms can be a good management tool. However, most often putting employees in the company’s colors is a mistake. Company colors and logos can and should be used to identify and advertise the company and its products or services. Employees who interact with customers should wear colors and designs since in your case the employees are not going to be seen by the public or your clients putting them in company colors Is a poor idea. At least one third of the time uniforms and company colors send negative messages to everyone but those who design them.
I sound as if I dislike uniform companies, I do not. I occasionally do designs for them. Nevertheless, counting on them to produce uniforms that send positive messages is naive to put it mildly. Most have no idea, how to do that, although they all claim to.
Dear Mr. Molloy:
I am a woman 5 feet 4 and weigh 189 pounds. Don’t tell me I’m too heavy, I know that. In fact that’s why I’m writing.
I have been working for a bank since I graduated from high school 15 years ago. In that time, I’ve been married and divorced and I’m now raising my son on my own. That is why I went at night to school and earned a degree in finance and have just earned an MBA from an online university. Although I took several courses on campus it wasn’t until I went for my diploma that one of the instructors took me aside and told me that my weight would be a problem if I wish to move into management. When I asked him why someone had not mentioned that before he said it was because I didn’t want to get sued He went on to say if I repeated what he told me he would deny he ever said it.
I am sure he’s right but since I’ve tried to diet a number of times unsuccessfully, I must know are there any outfits suitable for business that will make it possible for me to move into management without losing weight.
Name and Address Withheld
Dear Single Mom:
I really admire your ambition and hard work, that is why I hate to tell you that no matter how you dress, you cannot cover up that much weight. In addition, I have to add that unless you lose weight you’re probably not going to make it into management or at least into top management. Banks have so many jobs with high-sounding titles that don’t pay very well, in theory you can make it but in fact you won’t.
When I first started writing I used an old-fashioned typewriter and kept my research In traditional manila folders. Believe it or not I still have most of those folders in storage, That is why when your letter arrived I went looking for one of my earliest studies. Over thirty years ago I researched how to diet when you’re in business. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find it but I will and I will write one or two blogs on the subject. While the study seems dated, it’s not because I’m sure two things haven’t changed, human beings and losing weight.
I do remember several things uncovered by that research. First, when you go on a diet you must stick to it for at least 30 days. That will dramatically increase your chances of being successful. If you quit before the 30 days it’s like starting all over. Second, if you exercise even moderately you will lose quicker. Third,If when you cheat on your diet, and most of us do, you tell yourself it’s all over and go back to eating sweets, pasta etc. you will put back on the weight. Fourth and finally, even if you diet successfully, unless you decide to go back on your diet if you gain a specific number of pounds, before you realize it you’ll be heavy again.
Your first step should be to see a doctor, preferably one who specializes in weight loss. Not only can he tell you whether your inability to lose weight is or is not due to a medical problem, he can put you on a diet or suggest one.
P.S.I have the same problem and since I am about to finish my popularity book I will be starting my, traditional pre book tour diet next week .