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Apr 01, 2008


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Even if your receptionist doesn't have a lip piercing, you've probably wondered about the acceptability of body art and piercings in the workplace. Professors at Texas State University wondered, too, so they talked to people with and without body art.

They found that most people don't want coworkers with visible body art in jobs requiring face-to-face communication. Even those with body art would prefer that coworkers cover it up.

As for piercings, the professors cited a survey by employment site Vault.com. Forty-two percent of managers surveyed said they'd lower their opinion of someone based on his or her tattoos or body piercings. Ten percent said they've disciplined workers because of tattoos or piercings. And 58 percent said they'd be less likely to offer a job to a tattooed or pierced applicant.