Should companies offer women paid period leave?

Should companies offer women paid period leave?


Should companies offer women paid period leave?

As women we’ve all been there. Menstrual pain so bad all we want to do is call in sick and lie in bed all day. Well, a company in the United Kingdom is letting its employees do just that by offering days off to women suffering from period pain.

Coexist, a hip social enterprise company with mostly female employees, is establishing a new “period leave policy” in mid-March. The owner is following the idea that women are more productive following their period, but can experience less energy and productivity while menstruating.

According to an article in the Huffington Post, women will be encouraged to talk openly about their periods and go home early if they feel unwell.

Period discomfort is very common. In fact, 75 percent of females experience pain of varying degrees at some point during their periods, according to the National Institutes of Health. And 10 percent of women experience pain so intense that they are unable to carry out their usual activities between one and three days each month.

And our U.K. friends certainly aren’t alone in their care and concern for female employees.

For nearly 60 years, Japan has offered “physiological leave” for people who menstruate. Other Asian countries – including Indonesia, Taiwan and South Korea – also have enacted policies in recent decades.

In February, the Anhui province in China became the latest to launch a menstrual leave policy, which allows employees up to two days off for difficult periods. The policy is similar to those in two other Chinese provinces.

And Nike is thought to be the only worldwide company to officially include menstrual leave as part of its Code of Conduct.