Is it time to destroy your company’s old uniforms? Do you have a policy in place to return identity materials from previous workers?

A uniform associates a person with the values of an organization.

But what happens when an employee is terminated and still has the uniform?

Recently, there has been a series of crimes committed by ex-employees still in uniform. Despite the type, any individual wearing a branded uniform can be seen associated with the brand.

It was top news when a former toll employee was seen racially abusing a politician in a Melbourne bar.

He was wearing a Toll uniform and this damaged the brand. A major client of the company in return, canceled their account, heavily impacting the revenue stream.

This type of possibility has a severe risk to your business, even more so if the uniform falls into the wrong hands. 

Secura Bags securely destroy uniforms.

Here are the top 3 reasons why old uniforms must be securely destroyed.

Brand Reputation

Whilst this can not only 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 company integrity. 

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 employee’s identity, but 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 recognizable equipment should be secured and then destroyed professionally. 

Avoid harm to your business. We offer uniform destruction and strongly advise this for all companies who have a uniform, badge, identity card, access pass, etc.

Contact the Secura Bags team today by calling 1800 985 322.

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