In recent years, there has been a series of crimes committed by ex-employees still in uniform. Any individual wearing a brand’s uniform can be seen associated with that brand.
Whilst wearing a uniform, a former TOLL Employee was seen racially abusing a politician in a bar. 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.
We securely destroy uniforms and have shared the top 3 reasons why old uniforms must be securely destroyed.\
These are our top 3 reasons why you should destroy old uniforms.
1. Brand Reputation
Whilst this can not only happen to current employees, the impact is also 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’s reputation. Even employees with great histories cannot be trusted to respect the company’s 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.
2. 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 the 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.
3. Identity Theft
Not only can a uniform give someone the ability to steal a former employee’s 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 business’s 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 reputation harm to your business. We offer uniform destruction and strongly advise this for all companies no matter the size who have a uniform.
Visit our website and enquire today about how Metroshred can destroy your old uniforms.