Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Tattoos and Work
It's nice when other bloggers visit and mention my writing on their blogs. Compensation Force (an HR site) linked me and so, of course, I checked it out. The HR world is quite a newsy place! I enjoyed reading about "How to respond to a racist joke" (Don't laugh, play dumb with a blank look and say "I don't get it". Make the joke teller feel embarrassed). "Tattoos and work: how body art plays a role in whether you are hired or not" was another interesting link.
Tattoos fascinate me and when I see someone with body art down both arms, I often wonder "Where does she work?" Thirty five percent of Americans between 18-29 have a tattoo. I would have thought the percentage was higher. It seems like every young adult I see has a tattoo, but maybe that's just because this is sunny California. But wait, I was in Idaho and Utah and I saw lots of decorative tattoos there too, on both gals and guys. Has anyone checked out David Beckham's body art lately? Whew!
So if you want to see how employers look at body art check it out. I can tell you the world of medicine is pretty conservative but who knows what goes on under clothes?
Posted by Toni Brayer, MD at 8:18 PM