I bet you thought I forgot today, didn’t you? Well I didn’t. I’ve just been working since 5:30 this morning, and just got off at 11:15 tonight. But that’s beside the point.
Have you ever looked at someone and been offended by the way they look? Because apparently that’s a thing. I’m pretty sure that’s the reason behind most dress codes. That’s why unnatural hair colors, tattoos, and piercings aren’t usually allowed in most work environments. Because it’s “unprofessional.” For some reason.
Now, I understand that when working some places, wearing certain clothes, shoes, or having certain types of jewelry has to do with safety and sanitation. And natural hair colors being a part of the uniform might be to keep the company just that: uniform. I’m not complaining about that. In fact, I’m not complaining at all. I’m just asking questions.
At the resort that I worked at before moving here, they didn’t care about my tattoos showing, as long as they weren’t offensive. I just had to dress professionally. I couldn’t be exposed, which is normal. I couldn’t wear beanies or hats, which makes sense. One of my managers there even said that she thought people who hated tattoos needed to get over themselves.
One of my current coworkers asked me to write about this, and I really think the offense comes from the culture of the older generation. They don’t all want to adapt to where we are now.
I’m wondering when we’re going to stop being controlled by our past.