Tattoos in the Workplace: Normal or Strange?

Following the traditional option that has been cherished and encouraged for many years, people with tattoos are associated with irresponsible and unreliable workers. Instead, the employees made everything possible to convince workers to look neat and smart. Some of them even organize various retreats and vacations, so the staff is fresh and ready to work.

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Additionally, there are many recommendations as for proper skin care, so that one could be not only self-confident but also look representative and nice. Scars and tattoos have frequently been a problem and sometimes even a reason to reject an application. However, as time goes by, tendencies change.

The results of modern investigations and research published at show that over 40% of young people between 18 and 29 years old have at least one tattoo. So, what is it? A real sign of irresponsibility and rebellion or just a naïve way of self-expression? After numerous debates, people came to a conclusion that the tendency is growing, and nothing can stop it. People having tattoos can be found in every industry, starting with government and up to agriculture.

What about Visible Tattoos?

While all the studies and research proved that employers do not usually discriminate people with tattoos, they still prefer them to be maximally hidden. It may sound unreal, but despite the attempts of employers to treat all the workers in the same way, people with tattoos on the visible areas of their bodies get promotions, raises, and positive performance evaluations much more seldom. A considerable number of SME (small and medium-business entrepreneurs) still appreciate appearance as a representation of the company and its status.

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Following the results of the same study, over 75% of respondents are convinced that their tattoos have a negative impact on their chances to be hired during the interview. Over 40% of tattoos look inappropriate in workplaces, while 4% report experiencing discrimination because of the body images they have.

Modern professions, such as designers, artists, and fashion bloggers, are more patronizing and democratic towards people having tattoos, as they can create a necessary image of the company adding some special authenticity and atmosphere. On the other hand, people who apply for more serious positions, starting with the office manager and up to a police officer, teacher, etc., should be more concerned about covering their tattoos with clothes.

Some More Statistics

Interesting information has been published at, representing the percentage of people with tattoos, who belong to different categories based on the following categories:

  • Age. Obviously, the younger generation is significantly more tolerant towards tattoos in the workplace. Around 40% of people aged 18-29 have tattoos, but the tendency decreases with age. For instance, only 21-22% of 29-36-year-olds have tattoos and less than 1% of people over 60 live with a body print;
  • Education. It may sound offensive, but it is a reality that claims that the more educated you are, the lower are the chances you will get a tattoo. 20% of people who have tattoos have recently graduated from high school, compared to only 10% of those who have got Bachelor’s degree and 3% of those holding a Ph.D.;
  • Profession. 22% of people engaged in agriculture can boast of tattoos, with 13% working in the healthcare and banking sphere, and only 8% of people with tattoos can be found in government.


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