All I can say is wow! Was this ever a popular topic. More than 560 readers wanted to share their view on visible tattoos in the workplace, quickly pushing the post into the top HR Bartender favorites.
Couple weeks ago, I mentioned the conversation that occurred after sharing Kris Dunn’s post on “The New Rules of Tattoos in the Workplace” and asked you what you thought about ink. Do companies still have tattoo-phobia or are we more focused on skills and abilities? Here’s what you said (in our completely unscientific one-question poll):
Look at the second most popular reply. “I have a visible tattoo.” I believe at one point in time, that number wouldn’t have been very high. According to Pew Research, the percentage of adults who have at least one tattoo is between 36 – 40%. A pretty significant number.
A clear majority in this poll have no issues with tattoos. Whether they personally have one or not.
Fashion and style change over time. What’s considered to be acceptable in the physical looks department changes. And with that our opinions about fashion, style, body art, etc. change along with it.
I hate the idea of ending this post with a “get with the times” feeling. So let me say this – companies are missing out on a lot of really talented people if they’re including visible tattoos as part of their job screening criteria. Nuff said.1