‘Paid Menstrual Leave’ Green Lighted By UK Firm

‘Paid Menstrual Leave’ Green Lighted By UK Firm
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A female dominated  firm in Bristol has implemented a paid ‘period leave’, which allows their female employees to take a day off or work flexibly when they’re having that ‘time-of-the-month’.


A terrible menstrual period plus a pile of workload is not a good combo for women, which basically hinders female employees’ productivity. So instead of enforcing their female employees to report to work during this terrible day of a month, Bristol-based firm Coexist, has devised an ingenious way to go about this.

Bex Baxter, one of the firm’s directors told the Bristol Post that as she was managing the firm, she has seen some of her female staff members going through an excruciating pain whenever they’re having a terrible period. But instead of going home and rest for the day, they opted to report to work because they cannot consider 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,” Baxter was quoted as saying by the Bristol Post.

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Instead of thinking that it would cost the company a lot, she said it’s the other way around as it would promote productivity on the part of the female employees. She added that it’s totally untrue that having an employee take a day off is counter-productive. Instead, she believes that it’s all about working in synched with the body’s natural cycles.

But Coexist’s paid period policy doesn’t sit well with everyone, as it draw online and on-air debates not only in Bristol but across the United Kingdom. One of those who raised an eyebrow to the policy was a caller in a radio show named Stephen who said that women could just easily abuse this as a ‘girly card’ whenever they feel like not going to work. Stephen’s comment, in turn, draws the ire of some women listeners, the Daily Mail reported.