Tats in the workplace: Yea or nay?

June 24th, 2008

At Sara Champion’s previous job as a project engineer for one of the country’s top construction firms, visible tattoos for professional staff were against company policy.

She found this ironic — not to mention frustrating — given that her position entailed inspecting job sites filled with tattooed construction workers.

“I was out on site all day, and I wasn’t allowed to show any of my tattoos,” says the 28-year-old Florida native, whose six large tattoos on her arms and back include a brightly colored sunflower, a marigold and a rendition of a Dia de los Muertos bride and groom on her upper left arm. “Ninety-eight degrees and long sleeves is not so cool when you’re in Miami.”

After six years with the construction firm, Champion decided to move north and find an employer that wouldn’t needle her about her body art.

She found her “perfect job” in Danbury, Connecticut, as a project manager at a design and branding agency.

Now, “I have no problem showing up to meet a big client in a T-shirt and jeans,” tattoos in plain view, she says. “I wish more companies were like this.”

You can read the rest of this article by yours truly — complete with suggestions for scoping out a tat-friendly employer — on cnn.com.

Favorite tip(s) from the article:

“Visit the employee parking lot to see how they are dressed and whether many of the employees have visible tattoos,” says the workplace psychologist and founder of the career counseling┬ásite VocationVillage.com. “Also ask colleagues and friends if they know anyone who works there who can give you some insider info.”

“The Web is also a gold mine of information,” she says, adding that the Web site ModifiedMind.com, which is dedicated to body art and other modifications, features a database of companies reportedly open to tattoos.

To read the whole article, lookie here.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Carrie  |  June 27th, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    I say YAY.

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