British Women Get Paid Time Off During Periods

Posted: Mar 7 2016, 8:11am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

British Women Get Paid Time Off During Periods
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  • British Company Coexist Gives Female Employees Menstrual Cycle Breaks

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Coexist director said that the company would be giving its female employees the break separate from the sick breaks to minimize stigmatization.

The women’s menstrual cycle is an undeniable fact and the pain and the productivity lapse that they go through is also very real. The Coexist director Bex Baxter was herself aware of the trouble that a woman has to go through during her period.

Most of them are in pain and most of them don’t like to admit that they have a period in fear of not being taken seriously. A survey revealed that 17 percent of women missed out on work during their period because they could not take the pain.

They could not tell anyone for it would be a sign of weakness and she couldn’t explain her lapse in productivity. According to Baxter, these were the things that kept nagging her and she knew she had to make a change.

The change came in the form of Baxter issuing a menstrual cycle break for all the female employees. According to Today, she said that these holidays would be separate from the sick leaves because it was necessary to establish that the cycle is not sickness.

It is a natural process that needs to be respected by everyone. She said that women are more productive in the three to four days following their menstrual cycle and they could make up for the time lost in those days if she is well rested.

If she continues to work and tire herself during her period, she remains exhausted which inhibits her ability to function, hence she is not only in pain but less productive.

If the company facilitates them during their period, we make sure that we are giving her enough time to recover and take charge head on. Many other companies would also consider the option and also pass similar policies.

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