Menstrual Wellness in the Workplace
A period positive workplace is an inclusive and supportive environment that recognises and accommodates the needs of people who menstruate. The objective is to promote the physical and emotional wellbeing of employees during their menstrual cycle.
But why is Menstrual Wellness in the Workplace important?
Researchers have found that 80% of people reported absenteeism and decreased productivity during their periods, averaging 23 days per year. (Ref – BMJ Open) and 54% of Aussie women find it difficult to complete their day-to-day tasks while on their period. (Ref – YouGov). Considering half the workforce is made up of people who menstruate, the impact to productivity and the bottom line (no pun intended!) is enormous.
Breaking the stigma surrounding menstruation by promoting open conversations, understanding, and access to resources related to menstrual health can change all of that. The implementation of a Menstrual Wellness policy and provision of menstrual products promotes inclusivity and wellbeing in the workplace. Take Future Super for example – they implemented paid Menstrual and Menopause leave as part of their Menstrual Wellness policy back in 2021. The result? Female staff’s Employee Net Promoter score increased by 86%. A massive improvement in engagement! Then in 2022 Future Super won the Financial Reviews 'Best Place to Work' award for the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services industry. Coincidence? We don't think so...
That’s great – how do we get started?
Jnine & Co is here to help! We champion period positivity in the workplace by assisting organisations to implement customised Menstrual Wellness policies. Talk to us about what you’d like to achieve for your workplace. Our Workplace Period Toolkits are a great starting point for introducing Menstrual Wellness to your workplace. Or, if you’re ready to implement a complete Menstrual Wellness Policy that covers more than just provision of products, talk to Janine about how to develop a policy to suit your organisation. Janine will cover policy development, potential flexible working arrangements, communication strategy, provision of menstrual products and ongoing review. Book a call today