I decided to purchase a corporate wardrobe for the team such as Polo Shirts, Drill pants that had a discreet logo and name, [snip] . I only had a small number of non conformists that were dealt with individually as performance issues.
Jeezuz... have you nothing better to measure a worker's performance with than whether they'll wear your uniform or not?
Yes I do. The required dress standard for the rest of the organisation was far more rigid I could have just enforced that but I decided to do a business case to the CEO for a variation in the code for my teams, and to have the wardrobe paid for. This was was approved with a caveat that I fund it out of my current capex budget. This is did after spend many days and nights rejigging my budget to accommodate the purchase of the attire for my staff. I know I was such a tyrant for paying over $1,000 per staff annually for their work attire, and such a b*******d to go to the effort to do a business case get approval and spend many hours of my own time facilitating this.
I wasn't saying (or at least trying not to say) anything about you being a tyrant or b'stard.
But you've spent thousands of dollars and days and nights rejigging your budget. Clearly it was important to you.
But for the life of me, I can't see why. It seems to *me* (and maybe that's why or because I'm not an IT manager) that there's a bazillion other things more important than clothing, and the uniformity thereof, to (a) spend your employer's money on, and (b) to judge and reward your staff on.