Monday, November 8, 2010

Are Tattoos and Piercings becoming Acceptable in the Workplace?

Body of work: Do piercings and tattoos matter in the office?, The Sydney Morning Herald Online, October 13, 2010, Accessed October 20, 2010

Within this article the growing problem of tattoos and piercings in the work place arises; can both really co exist? The writer points out that tattoos are becoming way more common place with today's generation. "
The Pew Research Centre in the United States has found that about a third of Generation Next, the generation that grew up with mobile phones, the Internet and personal computers, will have a tattoo. Some more research, again out of the US, found that 23 per cent of university students had one to three tattoos, and 51 per cent had one or more piercings (other than earlobes) and yet another one showed that 32 per cent of Gen Xers have tattoos." And thus, also becoming a little bit more acceptable in the workplace, but does state that there are just some types of tattoos you don't want to get "if you want a real job. These include swastikas, tear drops on faces, certain words like having f on one knuckle followed by the u, the c, and the k on the other fingers and a tattoo that looks like someone has given you a love bite."
Piercings on the other hand seem not to be growing in acceptability, as many employers feel, according a recent USA today piece, that "'An employee gets paid to represent the company they work for. If a person has to have "stuff" sticking out of the skin on their face, it doesn't say much for their self-esteem, nor for the opinion of the company they work for. Not meaning to profile, but a person who has "stuff" sticking out on their face more than likely has a point to prove to the public at large, to the government, to their peers, or to people in authority, and whether we want to admit it or not, it's usually in a rebellious manner.''"

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