December was a particularly rough month at work. We were busier than usual for that time of year and it seemed that most days in the office were rushed. Much of our equipment and uniforms were not cared for as well as they should have been that month to the point where some of them needed to be replaced.
Sometimes that is the cost of business.
I figured that I would order some new groomers pants at this time of year since things are a bit slower. Sure, we actually have enough uniforms in-stock for everyone, but I am one of those people who like to be a little more cautious and have extra clothes on-hand just in case we need them.
I guess I plan for the worst-case scenario all of the time – I suppose that risk-management is a good skill to have when you are the business owner, right?
It shouldn’t take long for the new work clothes to be shipped here and I’ll feel a lot better once we have them. In the future we will have to be more mindful of the tools that we use to make our livelihood – we should have taken better care of them over the Christmas season.
It seems like ages ago since we bought our first uniforms for our staff. Five years ago when we bought a little pet grooming shop in our town, I thought that we would start off things right with groomers jackets & smocks emblazoned with our logo.
It was one of the best decisions that I have ever made.
In fact, it was what set our shop out from the crowd. You could come in to our location and you would know right away who the staff were. In a sense it gave us a spirit of unity, and to this day has been a positive experience for our staff.
But it was time for a change.
Recently, we decided to revamp our logo and our old uniforms just were not going to cut-it anymore. It wasn’t that they were worn out or anything like that, but the branding needed to change to reflect our new look.
So that is what we did.
Our new uniforms showed up yesterday and we are planning to present the staff with them at our company retreat next week. I’m hoping that they love them as much as I do – I think the changes that we have made will be good for the company.