With the increasing number of people getting tattoos done, the question of what is acceptable is coming more sharply into focus. Many employers are becoming increasingly flexible towards their employees having visible tattoos at work, although attitudes still vary significantly in different industries and sectors. Whatever an employer’s approach towards the subject, it is sensible to adopt a suitable policy and make clear what is and is not acceptable. For employers which allow employees to display tattoos at work, it is important to be clear in any policy that the tattoos must not be in any way discriminatory or otherwise offensive. As always, the clearer an employer is with its staff as to its policy the less likely it is to have issues.
Negative attitudes within businesses to people with tattoos mean employers are missing out on a growing pool of young talent, according to a report. The conciliation service ACAS has urged firms to change their attitudes and check their dress codes do not break the law. It argues that almost a third of young people had at least one tattoo - visible or not - and said companies should engage with their staff on appropriate dress and appearance rather than rely on one manager's view of an image.