Company lets female employees take one week off per month for period pain

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Coexist is an artistic company in the UK creating what it calls a "Period Policy" for its female employees.

Should women feel menstrual pain, they have the option to take up to a full week of paid leave each month, and the time off will not count as sick days.

Director Bex Baxtor, also a woman, tells the Bristol Post the move will actually make the work force more productive as it synchronizes work with a woman's natural 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," said Baxtor.

According to WFTV, several companies in Japan and Taiwan also offer the same paid menstrual leave, yet here in the US, most companies don't even offer paid maternity leave, let alone a period leave.

Baxter's team consists of 24 women and 7 men, who are currently coordinating a seminar to teach other companies why such a policy is actually beneficial, not only for company morale, but also for business.

“It’s not just about taking time off if you feel unwell but about empowering people to be their optimum selves," Baxter told The Guardian. "If you work with your natural rhythms, your creativity and intelligence is more fulfilled. And that’s got to be good for business.”

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