We’ve all heard of sick days, but getting time off for your period? It seems kind of ridiculous if you ask me, but one U.K. company hopes it will be the solution for all of its office problems — well, sort of.
According to The Guardian, a company in Bristol is testing out a new “period policy,” which they hope will boost overall efficiency and creativity among its employees. What makes this policy different from a regular sick day? Bex Baxter, the company’s director, explains that while many women often feel sick during their period — we’re all familiar with the cramps, bloating, and general crankiness that comes along with Aunt Flow — not nearly enough of us justify these symptoms as a legitimate reason to call in “sick” or leave early because it’s a natural occurrence we go through every month.
“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,” Baxter told the Guardian. “Naturally, when women are having their periods they are in a winter state, when they need to regroup, keep warm, and nourish their bodies.”
Couldn’t this, however, be said for anyone — woman or man — who is feeling sick for any reason? I don’t know about you, but I’ve felt pretty useless when I’ve had the flu more often than on my period.
While this company’s type of concern for its employees is certainly commendable, a “period policy” feels a tad sexist, giving off the impression that women on their period aren’t capable of working to their fullest potential. In fact, it wouldn’t be surprising for this concept to catch on and then backfire, perhaps giving more male-dominated companies a reason to think twice about a woman’s capability before hiring or promoting her.
Sick time and personal days were implemented for a reason. Employees, regardless of gender, have a right to take time off whether it’s for a sore throat or sore breasts — no questions asked. Creating women-centric privileges like a “period policy” is certainly not going to help any of us out in the long run. Let’s focus on closing the wage gap, instead.
What do you think?
Would you want your workplace to implement a “period policy?”
- 0% Yes! My period's a nightmare and having the time off is only right.
- 0% No. That seems absolutely ridiculous.