The majority of food service establishments use restaurant uniforms to make it easy for patrons to identify employees. In some cases, the uniform is simply a t-shirt and in other cases, it is a full uniform. Many restaurants have a different uniform for each position in the restaurant. For example, chef uniforms, waitstaff uniforms and management uniforms.
When you are setting a budget for food service uniforms, be it a monthly budget, quarterly budget or annual budget, it is important to consider all costs. Keep these considerations in mind when setting your budget for uniforms:
1. Consider the base cost of restaurant uniforms, including waiter uniforms and waitress uniforms.
2. Think about the cost of restaurant uniforms for management.
3. Factor in the cost of accessories for the restaurant uniforms.
Determine the cost to provide approved restaurant clothes to every employee and a few extrasMany restaurants provide employees with at least a shirt. Some restaurants provide their employees with pants as well. When you are budgeting for restaurant uniforms, you have to remember that you need to order extra uniforms in each style you choose in case an employee quits and fails to return the uniform or in case an employee gets dirty and needs a replacement in order to look presentable for customers for the remainder of his shift.
Assess the need for management uniforms when preparing a restaurant clothing budgetIn keeping with a uniform look, some restaurants require management personnel to wear restaurant uniforms. These uniforms are usually a little more formal the rest of the uniforms to make management easy to distinguish from the rest of the employees. You must factor in the cost of these uniforms when you make a uniform budget if your restaurant provides management uniforms.
Determine the cost to supply required accessories for restaurant uniformsAccessories to restaurant clothing, such as aprons, chef hats and name tags can add a considerable amount to your uniform cost. In restaurants that provide shoes for employees, this cost is even greater.
- It is a good idea to provide at least two restaurant uniforms to full time employees to ensure that they come to work in a clean uniform. Consider this when you prepare your budget for uniforms.