Uniforms improve job satisfaction and efficiency [Research]

We all approve of motivated, engaged teams, right? Like this lovely bunch of humans from Bold.

Whether you’re a team member or someone who’s managing a team, having a group of people who enjoy working together in concerted way is absolutely critical to success. If your team isn’t harmonious and effective, you hugely limit your chance of achieving the team’s aims.

Or, to put it in another way:

“When you’re growing..[….]..the biggest challenge is getting the founders to understand that the team is the product”.

Hampus Jakobsson, discussing startup teams and recruitment.

Thankfully there’s been a huge amount of research into how to improve performance, motivation, and job satisfaction in teams and organisations. There’s certainly not a one-size-fits-all approach, but there are some simple things that you can do in a quick and cost-effective way make your team’s life a little bit more fun and efficient.

One such way is through having a team uniform. And in our case, team t-shirts.

MindMate show off their t-shirts (and general good vibes!)

Firstly, we’re not saying you should  provide  a compulsory uniform of daily t-shirts for your team. While that certainly is a good potential approach in some sectors (e.g. catering and hospitality), many types of team will prefer to save the t-shirts for optional wear, or for special occasions like team-building or conferences.

But whether it’s every day, or once a year, there’s plenty of evidence that a uniform or a great t-shirt can bond your team, make everyone feel more valued. And make them better at their job!

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Our Premium t-shirt: American Apparel 50/50

Introducing one of our favourite t-shirts. We call it the Premium t-shirt: the American Apparel 50/50, also known as BB401.

BEST FOR:
Tech firms; Silicon Valley Startups; those who have a good budget and want to send a premium product to favourite customers, and those who want to sell only the finest merch.

The AA50/50 is a super stylish cut, feels incredibly soft to wear and screenprinting looks amazing on it.

American Apparel 50/50 premium t-shirt
American Apparel 50/50 premium t-shirt – model is 6ft and wearing a small.

Why is it called the 50/50? Because it’s 50% cotton, 50% polyester. The polyester adds in so much softness and flexibility over a 100% cotton t-shirt, which is really noticeable. It means you can wear it straight from the box and there’s no real need for ironing. The polyester also helps to stop shrinking so the garment will last longer.

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Our Standard t-shirt: The Gildan Softstyle

Introducing one of our favourite t-shirts, what we call our Standard t-shirt: the Gildan Softstyle.

BEST FOR:
All uses, from promotional giveaways to corporate uniforms to band merch. It looks like a premium product but at a great price.

This is a a really versatile choice for your garment. Why? It’s great value, stylish, feels great to wear and screenprinting looks amazing on it.

Gildan Softstyle in Dark Heather
Gildan Softstyle in Dark Heather

It’s called Softstyle because it uses Gildan’s proprietary softstyle yarns. These yarns consume less energy to manufacture, producing less waste and result in a more stable print surface than traditional ring spun products (such as our budget t-shirts).

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How to increase event attendee numbers & satisfaction for just £3 a head!

Today we’re finding out how you increase event attendee satisfaction & attendance for just a few dollars / pounds / Euros a head.

Whenever I wear my TEDxCardiff t-shirt people ask me when the next event is.

EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Here’s a few questions to ask yourself.

How much did you spend per head on food and drinks for your last conference? $10? £20? €50

How much did you spend per head on marketing to get people to your seminar? €5? £10? $20??

And how much do people speak about the catering afterwards? How much do people comment on your marketing strategies in the weeks after your event?

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What’s the difference? Screen Printing vs Digital Printing

Screen Printing vs Digital Printing

We’ve previously written about what screen printing is, but there’s another type of printing that you may have heard of called Digital Printing (which is also known as Direct To Garment, or DTG).

At Ramp, we use screen printing to print your t-shirts. Why? Well, we think it’s the best, most tried and tested method. But let’s look at DTG too.

What’s the difference?

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Announcing: Ramp For Good!

T-shirts are an incredible tool for spreading a message, creating team unity, and rewarding volunteers. They are hugely visible, cheap, and reusable many, many times. They’re ideal for both marketing AND team-building.

Volunteers at music festival, Swn
Volunteers at music festival, Swn

With this in mind, we want to make it clear that Ramp cares about more than just helping you order t-shirts. We love music, fairness, friends, democracy and equality. And that’s why we want to use our business to help people doing good.

So, starting in March, we’re launching a new project.


Every month we’ll give away a bunch of free high-quality, screenprinted t-shirts to a project, charity, or organisation that is making the world a better place.


And each month we’ll write about this organisation, and follow the story of those t-shirts – where they went, who wore them, and how they benefited the project that received them. And then we’ll ask that project to nominate the next month’s recipients so that the t-shirt love is spread wider and wider.

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T-shirts are more effective than Adwords – And here’s the proof.

Adwords vs Customised T-shirts
Tipping the scales with customised t-shirts

Are branded t-shirts a justified marketing expense? There’s an endless stream of other things you could spend that money on – Facebook advertising, PPC, print, direct mail, you name it.

Now, I’ve never seen anybody dressed in a Google Adwords campaign, but a well-designed and well thought out company t-shirt can be a devastatingly effective and versatile business tool.

But here’s the big question – are t-shirts just a vanity thing, or are they actually worth investing money in? And are they really a better advertising medium than Facebook or Google?

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The best t-shirts from SXSW – inspiration for 2017!

We’re just starting to get ready for the influx of orders for this year’s beer, music, movies and tech fest that is South By South West in Austin, Texas.

T-shirts are an absolutely vital part of this amazing event, and we don’t recall seeing more than a handful of people wearing much else during our times there!

So, for inspiration, here’s some previous great t-shirts that have been spotted wandering around the conference centre by day, and 6th Street by night….

Startup Repp got some brilliant conversations started in 2013 with this provocative number!

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Changing the perception of old age

Last month we printed some great t-shirts for ChangingAging. We were really interested in what they were doing. Their charismatic spokesperson is Dr Bill Thomas. He started with the idea that “what we need is a radical reinterpretation of longevity that makes elders (and their needs) central to our collective pursuit of happiness and well-being“.

In other words, society’s attitude to old-age is messed up and we could do much better.

Check out his TEDx talk here:

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