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The New PTO: Period Time Off

By Lauren Ford
Posted On Mar 11, 2016
The New PTO: Period Time Off

Need a day off when Aunt Flo comes to visit?

Have you ever been hunched over your desk, in as close to the fetal position as you could get without looking crazy? Well, UK-based company, Coexist, saw one too many of these situations, and now allows women to take time off work during their time of the month.

“At Coexist we are very understanding. If someone is in pain —no matter what kind — they are encouraged to go home,” Baxter said. “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.”

This “period policy” will allow female employees to skip work during their cycles without encroaching on their sick days and PTO. The Coexist staff is mostly women, so embracing the idea, Bex believes will make her staff happier and more productive.

Her decision came after a new study that found that 17% of woman have missed work, school, or other obligations during their periods. Also the study found that, 90% of women get intense period pain at some point during their menstrual cycles.

I can smell the progress in the air. More companies should be adopting updated policies that appease particular issues at work. The standard business model just isn’t cutting it anymore. Company culture is a real thing that is shooting to the top of a millennial job seeker’s pros and cons list.  And if there’s one thing I’m sure of, it’s that a period policy is a HUGE pro for the ladies.