JO SAYS Offers Advantages for Women According to Their Menstruation Calendar: Paid Day-Off and Organic Products in the Ladies' Room

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Female employees are able to request a paid day-off according to their menstruation calendar, as well as benefiting from organic feminine care products' display in the ladies' room. JO SAYS, a young Shanghai company, takes a step forward to enhance the work environment for women.

I was skeptical when I first heard about this regulation. Coming from Europe, I believed that asking for a paid leave would show weakness to employers. After some time, my opinion has changed: how can I be productive while I am in pain?

JO SAYS, a Shanghai based company that manufactures organic products for female cares (including tampons, pantyliners & pads), has implemented two different policies, “Happy Break” and “Tampon Office,” to support female employees during their periods. On the first day of their periods, women at the office are able to take a “Happy Break.” They simply have to send a message with the “special” word “happy” to inform their managers they are off for the day, or take a day off the very next day. They do not need supervisors’ approval. This policy demonstrates a relationship based on trust, and JO SAYS employees no longer need to worry about the scary day on their menstruation calendar.

In addition to “Happy Break” policy, JO SAYS has implemented the “Tampon Office” policy which provides organic tampons in the ladies’ room at the office. The company has also launched this “tampon office” campaign as part of their social corporate responsibility. JO SAYS aims to spearhead this trend in China as they hope for more companies to endorse this initiative which promotes respect and care for women in the work environment.

In Asia, paid leave for period pains is becoming more and more popular. And especially in China in which 3 provinces (Anhui, Shaanxi, and Hubei) have implemented this policy. Women have the choice to stay at home on the first day of their period. A note from their doctors is needed to provide proof to their company. In Japan, women have been benefitting from menstrual leave since World War II. In Asian culture, this regulation acknowledges this natural condition and allows women to stay ahead in their work life.

Audrey Masson, an international student in Shanghai says she was skeptical when she first heard about this regulation. Coming from Europe, she believed that asking for a paid leave for menstruation would show weakness to employers. But after some time, her opinion has changed: how can a female employee be productive while she is in pain?

Policies offered to female employees at JO SAYS might be controversial but have the objectives to enhance the work environment for women. There is still a long way before those policies become standard regulation in companies around the world, but if one’s company offers paid leave for women on their periods and/or “Tampons Office,” women would probably consider their options.

About the company:
JO SAYS provides organic products for female cares (including tampons, pantyliners & pads) to enable women to be healthy, safe, and confident. JO SAYS organic products use the finest organic material, all the tampons are manufactured in Spain with EU highest standard of production. JO SAYS organic products are certified by major EU & Global organic standard, 100% toxic free, biodegradable and eco-friendly. The JO SAYS organic products can be ordered on http://www.jo-says.com.

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