Tattoos And Piercings In The Workplace

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Tattoos and Piercings While the clothing aspect of the dress code may be something that an employee can easily conform to, they may have a tougher time addressing their permanent tattoos and piercings in the workplace. Tattoos and piercing are another form of individualism that employees use to express themselves and standout from others. “Prior to the 1980s, tattoos and uncommon piercings were a rarity with an average of 1 out of every 100 people having a tattoo or other form of body art. Today approximately 1 in 10 Americans have a tattoo, and 1/3 of those age 25-30 have tattoos or some type of atypical piercing” (Balch, 2014). Science has shown that people have been modifying their bodies with regular and stretched piercings for over 5,000 years. We know this from the stretched earlobe piercings found on Otzi the Iceman, one of the oldest mummies ever discovered ("Body Piercings in the Workplace," 2014).…show more content…
Despite, or perhaps due to the history of tattoos, body modification is not welcomed in the modern workplace. However, “the number of companies that state any official rules in their dress code is actually very small, at only 16%” (Prewett, n.d.). When going on an interview for a job, if you have tattoos and piercings, you may want to research the company and their policies concerning them. If you are unable to find out any information beforehand, you may want to just respect the potential employer by covering any visible tattoos and removing any visible piercings. Companies are more likely to hire those without tattoos and piercings even though they may be just as qualified as someone that does have tattoos or piercings. South Carolina, Oklahoma, and Florida are states with the highest amount of tattoo discrimination statistics. Montana, Colorado, and California are states with the most tattoo friendly public opinion ("Surprising Facts about Tattoos in the Workplace,"

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