Southwest Airlines Making Changes to Employee Uniforms
Southwest Airlines rolled out several new initiatives during media day last week, and one of the biggest pieces of news was the announcement of new uniforms for employees.
According to Andrea Ahlesaahles of Star-Telegram.com, the new uniforms are expected to be rolled out in 2017. The changes will mark the first time in over 20 years that the company has redesigned uniforms for flight attendants, gate agents and ramp workers.
Currently, Southwest is conducting wear tests with its employees to see what they like and don’t like about the changes, and the feedback from workers will be gathered to help make proper adjustments before the uniforms are finalized.
Southwest revealed that it believes the uniform overhaul — which will give about 80 percent of the company’s employees new clothes — will cost an estimated $23 million.
Some of the changes include an orange dress for flight attendants and a yellow shirt-gray shorts combination for ramp workers.
Seth Miller of AirwaysNews.com is reporting that 43 employees were initially picked to help with the design process and another 120 crewmembers are being used as part of the wear tests for the new uniform options.
AirwaysNews.com also provided images of the new uniforms on Twitter:
The uniform testing is expected to take six months, and the airline’s design team will be looking to make changes along the way. Southwest has already made adjustments to the original design in hopes of making its employees as comfortable as possible.
As Southwest senior vice president Teresa Laraba told Star-Telegram.com, “I can’t underestimate how important it is we get this right. This is passionate for people when it’s something you live in.”
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