Seriously, Though: Are Tattoos Bad for the Workplace?

Eric Mochnacz
October 11, 2019

In recent history, tattoos have become more mainstream and socially acceptable. The conversation about body ink in the workplace can be nuanced and there are varying opinions. Consultant Eric Mochnacz gave his opinion on tattoos at work.

“When I was considering getting a forearm tattoo, I asked my manager if his tattoo ever presented professional obstacles [because] we worked in a field that put a high premium on professional appearances. He told me to go for it, and challenged me to ask if a company that made me conceal my personal expression was a company I ultimately wanted to work for.”

Read on here to view Eric’s thoughts and what other HR professionals had to say about tattoos in the workplace.

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