Tattoos in the Workplace

It’s your body and you have the right to decorate it any way you like. But your expression of individuality – like piercings and tattoos – could leave a mark on your career. From job interviews to your interactions with coworkers, you should think before you ink.

When you’re climbing the corporate ladder, consider these 3 reasons why you should reconsider getting a tattoo.

  1. Stereotypes

    While attitudes towards tattoos are evolving, negative stereotypes remain. Many people associate tattoos with lower socio-economic classes, or even dangerous groups like gangs. It’s hard enough to fight stereotypes in an office setting, and when you have an exposed tattoo, people may make assumptions about your character before they get to know you. Tattoos can also be a career-killer if you work in a sales job, the service industry, or public service.
  2. Dress Codes

    Even if you don’t agree with it, your employer has a legal right to specify a dress code. Often, this includes body art. While some employers allow tattoos, most require that they’re covered up, non-offensive and conservative. What you consider “conservative” might be viewed as inappropriate or offensive by your boss or a client. And, you won’t know until after there’s a problem.
  3. The Statistics

    Yes, tattoos are increasing in popularity. But even those with tattoos realize that ink can be a disadvantage in the workplace. The Pew Research Center reports that 72% of Millennials who have ink say that their body art is not visible.

How to put your best foot forward

Don’t let your tattoos cost you your next job. A 2014 survey by the U.S. Bureau of Labor found that 46% of employers regarded tattoos as slightly negative, while 29% said that tattoos had a profoundly negative influence during job interviews.

Whether you’re on the job market or currently climbing the corporate ladder, don’t let tattoos hold back your career. Covering up tattoos daily can be a hassle, or you might have tattoos that can’t be covered at all.

NeoPulse Laser Therapy in Roanoke, VA can help you remove your unsightly tattoos. We offer PicoSure laser treatments, the most effective solution to remove unwanted tattoos. The number of tattoo removal sessions depends on the size and amount of color in the tattoo.  Each session usually lasts from 5 to 30 minutes.

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