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You've popped those painkillers in, used that hot water bag, even tried sleeping but you still feel lousy. Do you take your day off? Well, lucky women who work in Bristol company Coexist get the privilege of taking a day off. The manager states that for a company working with 24 women in a workforce of about 31 hard working employees, the policy will work wonders. The company said that women will be allowed to take the days off as a sick leave and according to the company's policy, the employees will make up to the time later.
The leave will not be regarded as a 'sick' day and the employee will have to make it up to the work later.
The policy "allows women to take time for their body's natural cycle."
The gynecologist suggested that women who feel "lousy" during their periods should be allowed to stay at home. He added on by saying that "I am pleased the matter is being discussed, and there has been some action."
"This is part of being considerate and flexible," he said.
She added: "My team here have always been very generous - I've been able to take time off when I've needed it but always put it back in again." She plans the same for her employees.
According to the NHS Choices website, while 90% of women will experience some pain and discomfort during their period, only 14% of women are frequently unable to go to work – although other research suggests that period pain could be as bad as having a heart attack. In East Asia, menstrual leave is already established, with women in Indonesia, China, Korea and Japan all being entitled to take days off for cramps.
Bex said over time, "
Create a positive approach to menstruation and the menstrual cycle that empowers women and men and supports the effectiveness and well-being of the organisation. "To restore the menstrual cycle as the asset it is."
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