This article is about 3 solutions. If you want to know why this will support women to become extraordinary leaders and help your organization grow, then check out my article on Why We Need A Period-Friendly Workplace

And without further due, let’s jump right into it!

#1. Equip every women’s bathroom with a trash bin.

This is no rocket science and probably the easiest thing to implement on this list.

Why is this important?

But nothing the copy said could convince her

and so it didn’t take long until a few insidious

Copy Writers ambushed her

Women need a comfortable, private and clean place to change their menstrual products during their period.

For this, it is necessary to have a trash bin inside each bathroom. So, if you have e.g. 3 toilets, provide 3 trash bins. Easy, right?

This is so simple, and yet I am surprised how often this is not implemented in restaurants, gyms, public spaces  and yes, office places.

This might also not seem like a big deal for you, but believe me – every woman that is on her period and realizes that there is no trash bin inside the bathroom, knows what I am talking about.

#2: Make organic menstrual supplies available to women for free

Sometimes women are surprised by their period. Surprise!

In fact, a study reports that 86% of American women received their period unexpectedly in public without the supplies they needed [1]. And if this happens, women report feelingpanicked, embarrassed, annoyed and stressed about it.

Moreover, if women are surprised by their period at work this is what they do:

  • 62% go to a drugstore to buy supplies,
  • 53% ask their coworkers if they have anything on hand,
  • and 34% go home for what they need.

Women are utterly grateful if they don’t need to make a huge deal about it. No need to ask around if someone has a pad or a tampon. No need to skip parts of your lunch break. No need to panic or to get angry that you are not properly prepared.

By providing organic menstrual supplies for your female employees, you not only eliminate this associated stress, but this simple gesture could dramatically improve an employee’s ability to do her work.

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If it comes to costs, Nancy Kramer, founder and CEO of the 330-person marketing agency Resource and founder of the organization of Free The Tampons, calculated that it costs $4.67 per woman, per year to offer female employees menstrual products. [2]

#3: Female health and well-being programs:

  • Female Health and Well-being Trainings for HR and Managers
  • Women-Centric Leadership Coaching (that focuses on integrating the female life cycle)

Let’s not forget that women are only part of the official workforce for a relatively short period of time. And that women’s life is based around the female (life) cycle – whether you realize it or not.

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