Behind the Scenes: A Day in the Life of Our Colleagues Working in Shirt Factories
Updated: Apr 10
Being in the fashion industry means connecting with various stakeholders, from global brands with extensive influence to local suppliers who know their way around quality materials, but we believe that one of the most significant - if not *the* most significant - stakeholders of our industry are our colleagues as they are the ones who ensure what needs to happen, can happen.
Admitting this is only the beginning though as creating an environment where colleagues are valued takes time and effort as shirt factories, like any other workplace, need to be inclusive and welcoming environments for all colleagues. Thanks to our decades worth of experience in Istanbul, a vibrant and diverse city, we believe that shirt factories can promote colleague engagement and empowerment by providing opportunities for career growth and development, encouraging colleague feedback and input, and recognizing colleagues' contributions to the company. This can include providing opportunities for colleagues to learn new skills, take on leadership roles, participate in decision-making processes and much more!
To this end, we decided to list several key ideas that shaped us to be one of the most engaging and safe places to work, and why we put great emphasis on employee satisfaction as well as keeping up with contemporary management styles and safety regulations.
3 Key Elements of Having Inclusive and Successful Shirt Factories
At Jacky Angel, we believe that creating a culture of safety and well-being is essential for attracting and retaining colleagues and promoting overall job satisfaction. With that said, here are some of the key ideas we follow to Fro our colleagues can secure a healthy work life balance and earn the opportunity to grow on the job!
Diversity and Inclusion: We all come from different walks of life - and accepting our differences is what makes us powerful!
We believe that one of the most crucial elements of creating inclusive and successful shirt factories is providing our colleagues a work environment aligned with modern diversity and inclusion principles. These values help us develop an understanding of the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace, and demonstrate how we can contribute to creating a welcoming and respectful environment. Such values can include topics such as unconscious bias, microaggressions, and effective communication.
Providing diversity and inclusion guidelines for all colleagues, including management, is an excellent way to promote a culture of respect, understanding, and open communication in the workplace. We believe that by dıing so, we can help to foster an environment where all colleagues feel valued and respected, regardless of their background or identity.
Engagement and Empowerment: Another critical element of inclusive and successful shirt factories is promoting colleague engagement and empowerment as we believe that colleagues who feel valued and empowered are more likely to be invested in their work, more productive, and more likely to stay with the company long-term.
Additionally, creating an open-door policy for colleagues to share their concerns, ideas, and feedback can go a long way in promoting a culture of transparency and mutual respect in the workplace.
Workplace Health and Safety: Safety comes first! Ensuring a safe and healthy workplace is another crucial element of having inclusive and successful shirt factories. We fully believe that everyone in our factories should feel safe and secure while on the job, with measures in place to prevent accidents and minimize risk. This can include providing proper training on workplace safety procedures, regularly inspecting equipment and machinery, and providing personal protective equipment when necessary.
Moreover, we also believe that wellbeing does not stop with physical health and promoting mental health is just as important as physical safety in the workplace. Employers can take steps to create a supportive environment by offering mental health resources and support, such as colleague assistance programs or mental health days.
In conclusion, creating inclusive and successful shirt factories requires a commitment to diversity and inclusion training, colleague engagement and empowerment, and workplace health and safety. By promoting a culture of respect, understanding, and mutual support, shirt factories can create an environment where all colleagues feel valued and empowered, leading to a more successful and productive business.
Jacky Angel, A Place to Grow and Be Empowered
Named after our founder, Jacky Angel, Jacky Angel shirts continues to be an influential private label shirt producer in the established Turkish manufacturing market. With more than 25 years of experience behind our back, and empowered by a team of 120 colleagues all equipped with the necessary skills and know-how to craft the best shirts our industry have to offer, we are able to accommodate your business needs in a timely, effective and high-quality manner. Thanks to our understanding of market trends and an eye for quality and elegance, we are able to provide the result you want - and in a way you want it!
Please feel free to contact us for your inquiries or just to say hello via our contact form - we hope to get in touch with you soon!
Q: What are some examples of workplace health and safety measures in shirt factories?
A: Workplace health and safety measures in shirt factories can include providing proper training on workplace safety procedures, regularly inspecting equipment and machinery, and providing personal protective equipment when necessary. Employers can also promote mental health and well-being by offering mental health resources and support, such as employee assistance programs or mental health days.
Q: Do I need to be in charge of a large organization like Jack Angel to follow these steps?
Certainly not - in fact, generating change is easier in small scale operations! That is why most start up firms have adopted such stances successfully in the past, a topic we discuss in our next article!