Is your body art keeping you unemployed?

February 19, 2009

On we had a parent who was asking about tattoos. She had interest in a nanny and she found the nanny was warm, fun, and overall a wonderful person. But she was concerned because the nanny has tattoos are her arms and back of her neck. She was worried about the impression this would leave on the children. She also wondered if this represented anything about the nanny. She was considering not hiring the nanny based on the tattoo issue, and wanted to know what I thought.

Overall I feel that this generation may regret the trend of the tattoo, but tattoos are no longer an unusual thing. They are not just common for both males and females, but in most cases they are perceived to be very acceptable. I believe that if you are going to judge someone on their tattoo, then you should look at the actual tattoos that they have. I would not hire a caregiver or a staff member that placed an offensive tattoo on their body, simply because I feel that person may lack judgment. But if they have decided to place things like flowers, hearts or someone face who am I to judge?

What do you think? Should a employer judge a nanny on her tattoos? We would love to hear your opinion.

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