Are tattoos becoming more openly accepted in the workplace? And do tattoos affect your chances of getting a job?
These questions are hard to answer, but Sandy Mancilla Rannow, executive director of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University’s downtown campus, believes that tattoos are more more accepted in the workplace.
Tattoos have been a controversial topic in recent years, especially when it comes to employees with visible tattoos. In recent years, tattoos have become extremely popular, especially among younger generations. According to a recent study, the tattoo industry in the United States has grown an average of 8.4% per year over the past five years.
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Due to this constant growth, employers have become more lenient when hiring new people who have visible tattoos. Sandy Mancilla Rannow oversees “budgets, finance, human resources, and operations” and in doing so is responsible for hiring many of Cronkite’s staff.
Rannow said, “We’ve hired people with tattoos, but that’s not something we normally look at or seek out.” She goes on to say that if people have visible tattoos, that’s fine and “don’t play into the decision.”
While many employers no longer consider people with visible tattoos, employees continue to worry about their tattoos when applying for jobs due to the stigma attached to tattoos. tattoos. According to AIMS Education, the American Institute of Medical Sciences and Education, “76% of employees believe that tattoos and piercings hurt interview chances.”
Annamaria Heredia-Alvarez, a 19-year-old college student who worked as a BDC Service Representative at an automotive company in Phoenix, Arizona, gave her a taste of what it’s like to be a young, tattooed employee these days. She said that during her hiring process, she was very worried that her multiple visible tattoos would affect her credibility and chances of getting the job.
One of the first questions she asked was, “Do I need to cover up my tattoos?” The answer to his question was “no”. In his workplace, tattoos are ultimately not an issue and are not considered when hiring new people.
Heredia-Alvarez also said that based on her work experience, she believes employers aren’t as likely to discriminate against people with visible tattoos. She said: ‘In all my interviews I was never asked if I had tattoos which shows me they won’t mind you. I also think employers thrive more on equal employment opportunity.
According to AIMS education, “73% of people say they would hire staff who have visible tattoos.”
This drastic change over the past two decades has made younger generations accept and open up to tattoos in the workplace. It allows people to have a creative outlet and a form of self-expression without living in constant fear of losing their job or not being able to find one.
According to the National Library of Medicine, tattoos may even improve mental health because “tattoos have the power to improve self-esteem and satisfaction.” This may be related to the fact that employees struggling with mental health issues, who today make up one in four adults according to Johns Hopkins Medicine, may see their mental health improve when they get tattoos.
Additionally, Katie Dierks, the daycare’s former Kinder Care and Sunrise assistant director, said she doesn’t consider people’s tattoos when hiring them. She said they’re a personal choice, but they haven’t always been. Many companies have incorporated rules against tattoos into their dress codes and policies. Dierks said: “I have seen a huge increase in the number of employees with tattoos over the last few years I believe due to their growing popularity and acceptance in the job market.
Tattoos will continue to be a widely discussed and debated topic. The number continues to grow with tattooed people. Discrimination against people with tattoos in the workplace has fallen to 4% according to AIMS Education. More and more people continue to get jobs while having visible tattoos.