Here’s why you should destroy old workplace uniforms

Uniforms from former employees and that are no longer in use should be securely destroyed.

This also includes badges, access cards, identity material, etc.

If there’s one thing that associates an employee with the values of an organisation it is their uniform. But what happens when an employee is terminated and still possess’ the uniform?

We have seen in recent years, a series of crimes committed by ex-employees still in uniform. From basic t-shirts to work polos and suits, any individual wearing a brands uniform is associated with that brand.

Remember that time a former toll employee was seen racially abusing a politician in a Melbourne bar? Whilst wearing a Toll uniform? This damaged the brand and a major client of the company in return, cancelled their account, heavily impacting the revenue stream.

This poses a severe risk to your business, even more so if the uniform falls into the wrong hands.

Here at Intershred, we securely destroy uniforms and other identifiable material.

These are the reasons why old uniforms and identifiable materials must be securely destroyed.

Brand Reputation

Whilst this can happen to current employees, the impact is usually more detrimental when it occurs with former employees.

Should an employee hold a uniform after completion of a role, a public incident that is filmed or posted online can tarnish the brand reputation. Even employees with great history cannot be trusted to respect the company integrity. The person in uniforms public behaviour can also result in a bad reputation, even if it isn’t necessarily posted online.

Brand reputation can be tarnished by a uniformed person engaging in a bar fight/incident, traffic incident, disorderly conduct or any political rally/protest.

Security Risk

For some businesses, simply wearing the uniform is secure enough to gain access to restricted areas. Especially on construction sites and medical facilities, it is very common for trust to be given to someone in uniform. This can be detrimental if the former employee gains access to your data, operations or equipment due to this security measure.

Identity Theft

Not only can a uniform give someone the ability to steal a former employees identity, it also allows them to be associated with your company. This can mean they can engage with a regular supplier, such as Bunnings, and place an order on the businesses behalf whilst in your branded uniform. Your business would be left to hold the bill by this simply identity theft technique.

It is crucial to have a plan in place when turning over staff. All ID Badges, Uniform items/apparel, branded merchandise and recognisable equipment should be secured and then destroyed professionally.

Avoid harming your business reputation. Intershred offer uniform destruction and strongly advise this for all companies no matter the size who have a uniform.

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