Happy International Women’s Day, ladies! We are strong, beautiful, and can take on the world…most days that is. Unfortunately, there are a few days a month that we are plagued with a period. Although some women handle their “time of the month” without issues, others have a much rougher experience.
Due to the hormonal changes that accompany menstruation one’s period can come with a few, or many, less than pleasant side effects, including, but not limited to: cramping, sweating, heavy bleeding, nausea, anxiety, backaches, dizziness, and severe mood swings. Don’t forget those seemingly insatiable cravings for junk food and sweets, this is a critical part of the period issue that we can’t ignore, because priorities.
You try focusing on data input or client satisfaction while feeling like you just got off the teacup ride with a bratty kid you nanny…
Well, one genius company has not only heard our endless prayers, 11:11 wishes, and general whining on the matter, but is doing something about it. British company, conveniently named Coexist (a social community group), is out to create a period policy, which will provide women with time off during menstruation. Bex Baxter, the company’s director, is determined to get rid of the stigma surrounding this natural female phenomenon, and make her employee’s work, and personal lives a little better.
Baxter explains that throughout her years in managing she’s witnessed many “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.” In order to combat such discomfort and what some would regard as “unfair treatment” she is creating a policy that will allow women to take the break they need without labeling it as an “illness.”
Coexist isn’t the only company to instill such policies, Nike is another notable business that’s adopted similar options for it’s female workers. The goal of period policies is to prevent women from feeling guilty, ashamed, or like they are not working hard enough if they have a physical need to take a break, or even leave for the day.
Of course, as most innovative ideas throughout history, this one has been met with just as much criticism, as it has praise. Men and women fall on both sides of the issue, so it is not a gender issue, per se.
The main benefit of this move, on Baxter’s part, is that the women who need these periods in their life off (pun intended) will have access to the option. Yet, not every woman in the office has to, or will take it. The ones who will, most likely will come back refreshed, thankful, and produce higher quality work than they would while in pain and fighting back nausea… So it’s a win-win. I for one applaud the company, and although I would not be utilizing the policy myself (as I, thankfully, do not suffer from troublesome and uncomfortable periods), I know plenty of women who would greatly benefit from it.
I support the move, period.
What’s your take on the subject?