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Tattoos and piercings in the workplace

Tattoos and piercings in the workplace

Hello everyone! Welcome back to a new post by me 😄.

This week I bring you a very controversial topic: should tattoos and piercings be allowed in your workplace, or should the employer have the authority to control what you can and cannot use during your time there?

Research from King’s College London shows that bias against body art is still widespread. Even though this is a hot topic and has created some discussion in the past, it’s inevitable to expect a change in the future. Mentalities are changing and people are now realising that your body is not your resume.

Almost 1/3 of younger people now have a tattoo and it is thought 1 in every 10 people in the UK have at least one piercing. The younger generation is now taking over and fighting for what we believe in, the real question is should your personal appearance affect the quality of your work?

Why are people that fit into the crowd deemed as more capable of doing something than others? How fair is that for a candidate that has studied, worked hard, but decided to take control of his/her life and body? This actually gives me a lot to think about since in my opinion it’s not fair at all.

Furthermore as most of you should know in the UK we have the Equality Act 2010, which protects certain characteristics and people against discrimination. Unfortunately this act does not mention body art in any form, which means employers may still discriminate against it. On a more positive note, dress code must be the same for men and women, therefore if women are allowed earrings, men should be too under this act.

Times are changing, dress codes have changed over the past decade, but there is no doubt that there’s still a lot to be done.  Remember you are who you are and do not let anyone tell you you’re not worthy of a position just because you don’t fit in a crowd and stand out. Your body is not your CV.

Share your thoughts with me in the comment section I am really interested to see what you lot have got to say on this! What’s your opinion?

See you all next week!

Alex x