A social media community group called Coexist is the first UK company to offer women time off when they are on their periods, and naturally, some people (men) are not happy.
Anyone with a uterus knows the painful cramps and countless other pains of menstruation. For some women these pains are so debilitating, so painful that they are left curled up crying on the couch for hours or days on end. There’s no way to explain the pains of periods to men, so it’s somewhat understandable why some men would get jealous of this new initiative. But is the envy justified?
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Why give women extra days off?
“I have managed many female members of staff over the years and I have seen women at work who are bent over double because of the pain caused by their periods,” says the Coexist’s director Bex Baxter. “Despite this, they feel they cannot go home because they do not class 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 recognizes and allows women to take time for their body’s natural cycle without putting this under the label of illness.”
What about productivity?
“There is a misconception that taking time off makes a business unproductive – actually it is about synchronizing work with the natural cycles of the body,” Baxter explains. “For women, one of these is their menstrual cycles. Naturally, when women are having their periods they are in a winter state, when they need to regroup, keep warm and nourish their bodies. The spring section of the cycle, immediately after a period is a time when women are actually three times as productive as usual.”