Many women know all too well the trials and tribulations they go through every month when their periods come to visit. There are the headaches, body aches and stomach cramps that sometimes hurt so much, they make you want to quit whatever you’re doing and curl up into a ball forever. But, alas when you’re a working woman, you really can’t do that. You have to continue through the pain, pretending like everything’s all right. Well, one U.K. company plans to change all that with their upcoming “period policy.”
Coexist, a company that manages a space for artists, activists and community organisations, is a unique company to say the least. 24 of the 31 staff are women, according to The Guardian and the company wants to end the stigma against periods by synchronising “work with the body’s natural cycles.”
“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,” said Bex Baxter, the director of Coexist, speaking to The Guardian. “Despite this, they feel they cannot go home because they do not class themselves as unwell.”
So Baxter and her team plan on building out a thorough policy which will reflect when downtime is needed and when productivity goes up, later this month. According to The Guardian, the spring section of the cycle immediately after a period is a time when women are actually three times as productive as usual.
“It’s not just about taking time off if you feel unwell, but about empowering people to be their optimum selves,” Baxter said. “If you work with your natural rhythms, your creativity and intelligence is more fulfilled. And that’s got to be good for business.”