Respect have decided to update their branding and logo once again, which has meant workers now have new shirts to wear when on shift.
Whilst branding and updating uniforms is not usually an issue, the fact that workers were not consulted and never had input into the change definitely is an issue.
Unfortunately, that lack of consultation with workers is evident in the new shirts. We’ve heard they are an awkward cut making them hard to move in, the sizing is all over the place, they're extremely hot to wear, and the material isn't practical as they crease the minute you put them on.
Workers have also said they used to be proud to wear the Respect uniform as it made them stand out as working at the aged care facility and caring for some of the most vulnerable in our society, but now they get mistaken by the public for working at either BP or Woolworths, and get approached to serve petrol or get asked where items are in the supermarket.
We've written to Nick Adams telling him we've received a lot of poor feedback on the uniforms from staff.
Nick has replied to say, "Staff have given us a lot of feedback on the new uniform top to the point that I am now going back to the designers to address the issues. It won’t be a quick fix, but we will likely replace the top."
Hopefully this will mean those actually working day to day in the uniforms are given the opportunity to say what will work and what won’t in a busy hands-on environment like aged care.