Q Why do some companies require only women employees to wear uniforms?

A Women love to dress up and there is a risk they would try to outdo one another if they were free to dress as they pleased. Using unnecessary energy on matters unrelated to work would be detrimental to the company, hence the policy that women employees must wear uniforms. But this is only part of the reason. Essentially, there are many advantages to wearing uniforms.

It is convenient for customers to be able to tell at a glance by uniforms who the salesclerks are in a department store. As long as uniforms are worn, the person in uniform would use discretion not to tarnish the company's image. In other words, the uniform is the company's corporate identity and a moving advertisement tower. Also, there is no need to spend on clothes when uniforms are required.

Uniforms are not limited only to women. Most factories require their workers to wear uniforms. Japanese businessmen in drab suits may look like gutter rats to non-Japanese. These suits can also be regarded as a type of uniform. Westerners may rebel against wearing uniforms, but uniforms are accepted with little resistance in the often pointed out family-type management and the collective type of business activity in the way Japanese companies are run.