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Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 15:03

Company set to offer ‘period leave’ to its female staff

Period leave

A company in the UK is rolling out a new policy that allows women to take paid time off when it’s ‘that time of the month’. 

A company in the UK Coexist is introducing a new policy that will allow women to take paid leave when they are on their period, in the hopes of increasing workplace productivity. The director of the company Bex Baxter, told the Bristol Post

“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.” 

Bex said that the policy has been welcomed by staff, both male and females alike.  

“I want us to break down that shame and replace the negativity with positivity.” 

“It’s not just about taking time off if you feel unwell- but about empowering people to be their optimum selves. If you work with your natural rhythms your creativity and intelligence is more fulfilled. And that’s got to be good for business.” 

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Although this may be a first in the UK it’s believed that ‘period leave’ began in Japan in 1947 and other countries like South Korea, Taiwan and Indonesia have similar policies and laws in place that allow women to take time off when they are on their period. 

If you thought that this practice was only for smaller firms you’d be wrong. The Daily Mail is reporting that it’s thought that sportswear giant Nike also offers period leave as part of their Code of Conduct, and is the only worldwide company to do so.