Company Hopes To Help Productivity By Offering Period Leave
When it comes to approaching women’s health creatively, the UK company Coexist is dealing with periods differently. The community interest firm in Bristol has introduced a policy giving female employees menstrual leave, for the sake of their own productivity.
This isn’t necessarily a new idea. Japan has given women menstrual leave since the 1920’s and Nike has been offering it to employees since 2007. In a male-dominated environment, it could be seen simply as a dismissive way to get the bloody, moody women out of the way. But for Bex Baxter, a director at Coexist (a predominantly female company), the policy is a thoughtful way to look at women’s health and a creative way to increase productivity.
“This is not about employees taking more time off but working more flexibly and efficiently around their menstrual cycle and encouraging a work-life balance,” Baxter said. “The spring section of the cycle, immediately after a period, is a time when women are actually three times as productive as usual.”
The specific Coexist policy will be featured as a part of a seminar titled “Pioneering Period Policy: Valuing Natural Cycles in the Workplace,” on March 15 at the Hamilton House. It is modeled after the work of Alexandra Pope, the founder and creator of Red School. Baxter hopes the event will be an opportunity to teach businesses about such innovation surrounding women’s health in the workplace. Because your work flow should be as heavy as, well, you know.