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I have to say that i am very upset at my job because they changed the dress code and now tattoos and piercings have to have limited visability. ok so i can deal with that. but this chick with tattoos purposely wore spaghetti strap shirts showing off her tattoos and she was told to cover them, well my tattoos on my back are covered all the time. i have one on my chest that people can see. and never had a problem. well this chick called me out saying that i didnt have to cover mine, well now my supervisor told me to keep it covered…so now i have to wear a bandaid over my tattoo. because some other chick had to have a temper tantrum….does anyone else have problems with their work dress code and their piercings and tattoos?
February 3, 2008
I'm in a similar situation where I work in the UK; in the New Year they rolled out a new dress code policy for No Visible Tattoos or Facial Piercings.
When I started I originally interviewed with a lip ring in and later got asked to remove it, but agreed to try using a stud in it's place. Unfortunately over the course of last year I ended up with the back of the stud trying to heal over in the back of my lip and on a couple of occaisons needed to physically cut it out. Suffice to say, this became very painful and infected. Which later led to me advising my manager I would be unable to replace my lip ring again as my lip is still partially swollen from this ordeal! I since highlighted the significance of my ring is more about spiritual empowerment and freedom of speech and to remove it would be against what I stand for as an individual given my work and ethics.
Now that the New policy has been released, it seems that I am in fact being victimised for having a lip ring; where as those with nasal studs are advised "not to worry". The company sits in a grey area when directly questioned, stating that a single stud is acceptable; yet we have people starting with a single eyebrow stud, advised to take it out and STILL nothing in black & white.
This has now progressed to a level where by I am awaiting a disciplinary hearing in the coming weeks and feel it is disgusting that companies roll out all their values about individuals and diversity, yet they maintain a fascist hypocritical stance in scenarios like this.
March 10, 2011
I recently read an article which is somewhat linked to this, the study is explained in the abstract:
"The objective of this study was to assess attitudes of patrons and medical school faculty about physicians with nontraditional facial piercings. We also examined whether a piercing affected the perceived competency and trustworthiness of physicians."
It was quite an interesting read, I'll copy the dicussion of the results as they are pretty straight forward:
"Our results indicate that a clinically significant proportion of ED patrons found these piercings inappropriate on physicians and would be bothered if their physician had such a piercing. Additionally, some types of visible body piercings on a physician may reduce patients’ opinions of physician competency and trustworthiness"
The piercings in question were ear lobes, labret, nose and eyebrow I believe. I wasn't really surprised by the results, however I thought it was interesting when they pointed out that in previous similar studies, the results showed that back then ear lobes were considered unnaceptable, whereas in this study ear lobes were considered accpetable, it was the other piercings that were a concern, suggesting that facial piercings are gradually becoming more acceptable. The thing that got me thinking was that this is the job role of physician, where high standards are sort of expected, so what would the results be for other jobs? You'd think people would be more open to modifications in more job titles these days.
I'm considering replicating this study next year, seeing if attitudes have changed in the five years since it was done, or I may even actually apply this to other job roles. One thing that worrys me about my future is being able to get a job with modifications, and I had this kind of problem as school too, so I completely understand how you feel.
If anyone wants to read the study, the reference is:
(Sorry for such a long post!)
March 2, 2011
BlazeFielding, I'm actually working on forming a non-profit organization geared towards research and education into this field of study. Thank you for supplying us with this information and the reference it came from. In the spring of this coming year (2012), we have several studies planned to hit the ground.
August 1, 2011
I work for Luxottica, and they recently updated their dress code on this as well. It was incredibly frustrating for me, but didn't affect me personally since most of my mods are quite modest at this time, but that meant i couldn't move forward so easily. It states in teh rules that if you have a reason such as religious to break any of the dress code to speak to your manager… however, I felt that I would be judged by my manager if I were to bring this up. I would have felt more comfortable going higher up, not someone who i have to work with on a daily basis. But that's how it goes… I left, and got a job in a backroom area for another company. So sad. I thought Luxottica was on the right track when they didn't have many regulations on that kind of stuff! I was wrong.
February 27, 2012
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