So, paid period leave is officially a thing now

*emails HR*

August 14 2020

We'll sing it loud one more time for the folks in the back: periods aren’t gross or dirty, They’re a totally normal part of life. A bodily function women have dealt with since the dawn of time.

And yet, we’re still seeing menstruation treated as taboo. A ‘condition’ we’re left to ‘take care of’ in private, despite the pain and discomfort they can cause.

It’s for this reason that Zomato, one of India's most high-profile companies, has introduced a progressive policy that will allow staff members 10 days of paid menstrual leave per year. 

Globally, Zomato employees over 4,000 people, with 35 per cent of their pay roll women.

"This is a part of life... There shouldn't be any shame or stigma attached to applying for a period leave," CEO Deepinder Goyal said in a note to staff on Saturday.

"You should feel free to tell people on internal groups, or emails that you are on your period leave for the day."

While the severity of cycle-related symptoms differs from woman to woman, the fluctuation in hormones commonly causes pelvic cramps, lower back pain, headaches and mood swings. In fact, one study back in 2012 found that periods can interfere with 20 per cent of daily activities. 

For what it’s worth, we’re applauding Zomato for implementing such a great initiative... Here’s hoping local business start to follow suit!

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