Attention ladies: A UK company has revealed plans to implement “period leave” to give female staff paid time off work during their monthly cycle.
Bristol-based Coexist wants to tap into female staff’s “natural rhythms” in order to create a happier and more productive work environment.
Company director Bex Baxter, who employs 31 staff — including seven men — wants to fight stigma around “women’s issues”.
She told the Daily Mail: “I have managed many female members of staff over the years and I have seen women at work who are bent over double because of the pain caused by their periods.”
“Despite this, they feel they cannot go home because they do not class themselves as unwell.”
“And this is unfair. At Coexist we are very understanding. If someone is in pain — no matter what kind — they are encouraged to go home.”
“But, for us, we wanted a policy in place which recognises and allows women to take time for their body’s natural cycle without putting this under the label of illness.”
“There is a misconception that taking time off makes a business unproductive — actually it is about synchronising work with the natural cycles of the body.”
Baxter says the men in the company have welcomed the idea, “especially the younger generation.”
Period policies are not a new thing. In fact, Japan implemented menstrual leave way back in 1947 and other countries including South Korea, Taiwan and Indonesia also have laws in place allowing women to take time off work when they are on their period.