Are Tattoos at Work OK? Advice for the Inked
It wasn’t long ago that while sailors, bikers, and punk rockers sported tattoos, it was rare to find one on a lawyer, doctor, or banker. But that was then.
Today, tattoos are popular among all kinds of people. The Food and Drug Administration estimates over 45 million Americans have a tattoo. A 2010 Pew Research Center report says they’re equally common for women and men, with nearly 40 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds and about a third of 30- to 45-year-olds sporting at least one.
The report also says most of the inked community (over 70 percent) keeps tattoos hidden at work or during interviews. Perhaps with good reason. In our recent story How Not to Get a Promotion, we cited a CareerBuilder survey suggesting that obvious ink hurt promotion prospects – only piercings and bad breath were worse.
In the video below, Money Talks News reporter Jim Robinson talks with a body art shop about its clients and explains why employers may be softening up. Check it out, and then read on for more job advice.
As Jim mentioned, there’s no research suggesting companies are looking to hire tattooed employees, but they do have to adapt to the evolving culture to keep talent. Most of the time, though, workers are the ones who do the adapting, and some things won’t change anytime soon. So here’s a quick rundown on how to keep it professional at the office…