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Tattoos in the Workplace – What does research say?

I took the liberty of looking into actual academic research on tattoos and Tattooemployment from the last few years, and came up with some interesting conclusions and stats.

Here are a few key findings from the research studies I reviewed that support that attitudes towards tattoos in the workplace may be changing:

  • 86% of young professionals did not think piercings and tattoos reduce the chance of getting jobs
  • Grooming and business attire were more important indicators in the hiring decision than tattoos and piercings
  • Heavily tattooed professionals felt that tattoos made them more accessible to younger coworkers
  • However there were also findings that tattoos still may be limiting in the workplace.

Researchers also revealed that:

  • Visible tattoos had a predominantly negative effect on employment selection, driven by the hiring manager’s perception of customer expectations
  • Tattooed professionals frequently experienced unwanted touching in the workplace
  • Consumers showed a preference for non-tattooed front-line staff.

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Tattoos in the Workplace: The Research Forbes Was Too Lazy To Do

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