Vincy Workplace
September 2, 2011
Body art or career hindrance?

One of my clients was very excited about her new job. It was perfect for her, then her boss discovered her tattoo when she worn a short sleeve shirt to work. He promptly told her that the tattoo is to remain covered at all times, especially when working with clients. This meant she would have to wear long sleeves regardless of how hot it may be.{{more}}

In the past, tattoos were worn by people that society considered to be outcasts or misfits, but that’s not the case today. Tattoos have become quite popular among young people, and even the young at heart. They are considered to be an outlet for individuals to express their creativity and individuality. However, companies regard visible tattoos as a violation of their dress code and an obstacle to recreating a comfortable environment for their customers.

Tattoos are simply a distraction. Companies work hard to project a clean professional image and attract a certain clientele, and a tattooed worker probably does not fit into that image unless you work in a tattoos shop or maybe entertainment. It’s important for customers to feel comfortable when spending their money, and they should not be subjected to looking at an employee’s expression of body art, especially those selections that can be offensive such as a skull, or strategically placed tattoos that create illusions, teardrops on the face or a lover’s name on the neck, hand or chest area. Consider the following before getting a tattoo.

1. Be careful about the choice of tattoo you get and be selective in its placement on your body. It might be best to avoid them altogether.

2. Place tattoos in areas that can be easily covered by clothing.

3. Understand that companies have the right to refuse to hire you or even fire you if your tattoo violates their dress code.

4. If you already have a tattoo that is hindering your progress at work, consult with a doctor who performs laser removal of tattoos or cover up with make up if possible.

5. If you are young and have not established a career yet, be especially careful about what kind of tattoo you get, as you never know what kind of career you may desire later in life.

Karen Hinds is “The Workplace Success Expert.” For a FREE SPECIAL REPORT on Avoiding Career Killers in the Workplace, send an email to [email protected]
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