A woman with tattoos shared a video on TikTok showing what she wears to work in a job that enforces a no tattoo policy. The video showed her wearing a long-sleeved blouse and trousers and boots that covered her tattoos. She also shared another video showing her tattoos, including a sleeve on one arm, tattoos over one leg, and a rose tattoo on her other thigh. Despite some criticism of the policy in the comments, the woman defended the policy and her job, saying that she loved her job and that accepting the policy was about respecting rules. She also mentioned that the policy was a business request to cover tattoos when meeting with customers.
The woman received support from some commenters who said that as long as she was happy and her job offered benefits such as annual leave and healthcare, the policy was not an issue, while others criticized the no tattoo policy as outdated. Some commenters shared their experience of working in jobs where visible tattoos were not allowed, but they still felt it was their dream job or felt they had options to cover the tattoos when necessary. The video has been viewed over 1.2 million times.
Companies have varying policies about visible tattoos in the workplace, with some enforcing strict no tattoo policies like the woman’s job, while others are more open and even embrace workers with tattoos as part of their culture. However, as tattoos become more popular and mainstream, some have questioned the continued necessity of such policies. The debate around tattoos in the workplace touches on issues such as individual expression, professionalism, and discrimination. In some countries, tattoos are associated with stigmatized groups such as criminals, gangs, or the military, which can lead to employers, clients, or coworkers judging or discriminating against tattooed individuals. However, research suggests that attitudes towards tattoos are changing, and more people are accepting or neutral towards them. As such, companies may benefit from updating their policies to reflect these changing attitudes and avoid missing out on talented candidates or alienating employees.