You all must have heard about maternity leave which is common in various companies for their female employees, but what about ‘Period leave’? One company in UK has decided to begin with a policy that allows women employees to take off during those days of the month.
A Bristol based company, Coexist, has recently introduced a “Period Leave” in order to give its women employees more flexibility and create a happier working environment. The community interest firm has largely female workers and hopes to tackle the taboo of menstruation by introducing the policy to allow women leave during their periods. Any time off for the reason would not be classified as sick leave as employees would be allowed to make up for the time lost over the course of the month. Women at the company are free to take off if they want, but it’s not mandatory.
Reports state that 14 percent of women are frequently unable to work because of the pain.
Bex Baxter, director of Coexist, believes that the scheme will increase productivity and hopes other firms will follow the lead of global sportswear giant Nike and introduce similar policies. In Unitesd States, Nike introduced menstrual leave in 2007 and make business partners sign a Memorandum of Understanding that they adhere to company’s standards.