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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by AstroDan, 22nd Oct 2019.

  1. Lurker

    Lurker TowersStreet Member

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    Or strict uniform standards make staff uncomfortable and unhappy, which leads to them looking and acting miserable. All because the smart black shoes aren't as comfy as the black trainers.

    Not to even reiterate how difficult and expensive it is to manage staff claiming costs for, or being given, all parts of the uniform.

    It needs people hired to manage stock, washing, replacing, handing out and counting back in. Not to mention if you do it this way, you also have to pay staff for their time getting / putting on / returning uniform.

    If you give the staff / pay for their uniform which they take home and keep clean themselves, there can be issues with staff losing uniform, forgetting it on the day, ordering replacements.

    It's a costly nightmare and I understand why businesses avoid it.

    Having said all that, I do think the poloshirt/fleece at Alton Towers looks old fashioned and not particularly smart. Think they could redo the uniform they do have to refresh the look.
     
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    I get Disney may not be a fair example, but there are certainly other park chains that have professional uniform and it comes across on the staff. Europa, Liseberg, Toverland, Efteling, Dollywood, Silver Dollar, to name but a few. If they want to go down the fun and casual approach, then perhaps the Dreamland, Kentucky Kingdom and Walibi parks approach is best?

    There are ways to have uniform standards as clear and professional, but also fun and comfortable. At the moment the Merlin uniforms just don't really convey that, and it reflects on the staff as well. Imagine if they were actually proud to wear it.
     
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    Who is saying they aren’t proud to wear it? A little unfair to generalise.

    It’s not the Republic of Gilead.
     
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    The previous uniform standards were not unrealistic. You don’t have to tie long hair up anymore, according to the uniform policy, even when working on rides with machinery. “Dark-coloured” trousers, rather than black. Can’t remember the exact restriction on tattoos but pretty much free game. These are all things that don’t cost any money to keep on top of, just reliant on the company reinforcing through management and it just doesn’t happen.


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    The fact is isn't being worn correctly in the first place speaks plentiful. If you're proud of something, you take good care of it and show it in a positive light; not with a half-arsed effort.

    But that's just it; in some Merlin attractions it is. I saw with my own eyes and was even made to send members of staff home for not having their sodding polo shirts tucked in during my stint in the company. In an attraction of creativity and colour, anything other than black socks was unacceptable. Bright green is never an attractive colour to begin with, but staff weren't proud to be wearing it due to the callous culture that was coming from upper management; even if they did love their jobs.

    If they're going to enforce something like that, it needs to be blanket across all attractions or not at all. And if staff are to actually wear their uniform with pride and take care of the attraction they work in, it needs to come from the powers that be above.
     
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    I find the attitude of most staff great which is why I don’t tend to take notice if their socks match etc. Just personal experience which is different for everyone I guess!
     
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    Find myself agreeing with @Danny a lot, especially given his own experience.

    One attraction I worked at required a polo shirt, cargo pants and smart black shoes. The other had smart buttoned shirts, black trousers and any black shoes.
    I definitely cared way more about the attraction where I felt way more presentable, and was definitely treated better for it. That was just in the shirt. Requiring smart black shoes for a job where you're on your feet all day is ridiculous.
     
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    Towers don’t want smart black shoes though, just footwear that is all black with no obvious branding


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    The staff that always have the same clothing on is technical engineering, 2 piece overalls and boots. And medical with their IPC approved shirt, trousers and boots.

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    Sound, but I worked at an attraction where smart black shoes were required whilst working all day.
     
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    I got in trouble at work for not wearing shoes, or any footwear indoors.
    Got away with it, with no issues, for twenty years.
    Always put on appropriate footwear for meetings and court.
    New manager insisted I had safety footwear to protect myself from injury.
    For the last six months at that placement I wore two pairs of socks.
     
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    In my first job I always wore plain black shoes, black trousers and kept my poloshirt tucked in at all times. And that’s how I lost my job as a stripper.
     
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