In the new and growing environment of a work place filling with millennials, changes and approaches to how the work place is run are being introduced. On one hand, more interesting appearances are coming into greater view, and on the other hand managements are struggling to deal with evolving trends.
One of the biggest controversies that occur with employee appearances are tattoos. They are often bright, colorful, and attention grabbing, and oftentimes permanent, and therefore not easily covered. While most other changes to one’s appearance can be changed or modified to be considered appropriate for the work environment, tattoos do not provide such a luxury, and so employers can be hesitant to offer opportunities to applicants with tattoos.
The question, however, is why should they?
Tattoos have long been seen as unprofessionally, but given the rising popularity of tattoos and the ever increasing number of people who get them, it is becoming harder to view them as anything other than a common method of self-expression. When something has grown commonplace among the public, it is difficult to argue that potential customers could be put off by tattoos, especially if they themselves have some.
As time presses on, so to do we find ever-evolving shifts to popular culture—both in the workplace, and out. While this does not necessarily mean that employees will be able to go around covered in tattoos, piercings, or extreme hair styles, it does encourage more freedom in what is considered appropriate for work.
A few tattoos may be just artwork to some, but to others they represent something deeper—a permanent and personal fixture of their body that tells a story, and shouldn’t have to be hidden just to be considered for employment.
At the end of the day, though, we are who we make ourselves—whether inked from our head to our toes or a sanitary slate, our bodies remain the one thing we can say without a doubt is ours to control. Whether the professional environment can keep up with the trends of a new society is anybody’s guess, there is no doubt that we as a culture will continue to press on regardless.
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