Five ways to tell your coworker their tattoo is terrible

{“f999″: ”

r tTattoos have entered the mainstream with a vengeance in the last several decades, and formerly taboo items like sleeves and multiple piercings are now visible on many faces in the street as well as lots of working professionals.

r

r tIn fact, according to a Pew Research Center study cited in Forbes Magazine, 40 percent of people between the ages of 26 and 40 have tattoos, as do 36 percent of people 18 to 25. With so many bodies inked these days, it’s no surprise tattoos are appearing in law offices and classrooms as well as head shops and bars. Mere prevalence, unfortunately, doesn’t make showing one off at work always the right choice.

r

r tIf a coworker seems unable to figure this out on his or her own, shamelessly flaunting an ill-chosen tat, then consider cluing them in with a well-placed word here or there. Stuck? Here are five approaches to helping them see that Dracula in a Grateful Dead shirt isn’t the best use of their forearm.

r

    r t

  1. r ttKindness
  2. r

r

r t’I know you love it, but how about just wearing long sleeves’?

r

    r t

  1. r ttBluntness
  2. r

r

r t’The handbook specifically says no facial tattoos, remember’?

r

    r t

  1. r ttReason
  2. r

r

r t’I?m not sure they’re going to promote anyone sporting an Alice in Wonderland caterpillar on their neck.?

r

    r t

  1. r ttGossip
  2. r

r

r t’Sharon says your tattoo looks like roadkill ? but I’m sure she was kidding. What’s it supposed to be, again’?

r

    r t

  1. r ttFirmness
  2. r

r

r t’I?m sorry, but we just can’t have that showing in the workplace. I’m afraid you’ll need to wear long pants or amputate.?

r

r tLuckily, tattoo removal these days is affordable, comfortable and safe. According to Livestrong.com, you can remove it with with no lingering aftereffects, leaving skin that looks as smooth and healthy as it did pre-application. If your coworker needs removal, help them see the benefits of getting it done today.

r “, “f1000”: “Coworker have a bad tattoo? Use one of these five ideas to help him or her see the error of their ways ? they’ll probably thank you in the end.”, “f1001”: “Help out a coworker by letting them in on the fact that they’ve got a bad tattoo!”}

 
Ask an Expert!