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Innovative air disinfection units designed to improve safety in indoor work environments

Seldex promises improved indoor air quality with the Novaerus air disinfection system, tested against multiple viruses and bacteria including SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19.

LONDON, UK; 2 July 2020 – As the world struggles to navigate back to some kind of normality amid the Covid-19 pandemic, we are turning to innovation to help us solve some of the most pressing concerns around safety at home and in workplaces.

Indoor spaces are a particular concern, being 10 times more polluted than outside air and making anywhere people gather inside, a potential risk of rapid airborne infection.

Ground-breaking technology that can clean the very air we breathe, is proving to have limitless applications in the wake of Covid-19. Originally designed for use in medical environments, the Novaerus air dis-infection system is now being pioneered in spaces from offices to retailers, restaurants, care homes and schools to aid in protecting workers and clientele from airborne pathogens.

Novaerus is an ultra-low energy, plasma technology for air disinfection and is safe to use around even the most vulnerable, continuously, 24 hours a day.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has been a life changing event for everyone and has impacted every aspect of daily life. The reality is that airborne pathogens like Coronavirus cannot be dealt with by simply surface cleaning and hand sanitizing.  Air quality needs to also be addressed if people working and interacting in indoor spaces are to be protected,” explains Sam Allcock, Marketing Manager of Seldex,

Seldex is dedicated to providing cutting edge technology in the pursuit of improving the quality of indoor air for everyone. The company has partnered with Novaerus, who developed the technology in Ireland and have completed testing in some of the world’s leading laboratories.

In independent laboratory studies Novaerus products have been shown to safely and effectively reduce bacteria, viruses, allergens, volatile organic compounds, and particulate matter. Some of the viruses and bacteria tested against the Novaerus systems include; SARS, measles, Influenza A, tuberculosis and several strains of Staphylococcus.

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In the case of SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19, the NV1050 unit was shown to reduce MS2 bacteriophage by 99.99% in 15 minutes.

Seldex supply a range of Novaerus units to suit all indoor spaces (buildings or vehicles) which are portable, simple to use, low-maintenance and highly effective for rapid or continuous infection control, odour mitigation and particle reduction.

“Novaerus plasma technology is powerful, yet gentle. With no harmful by-products, it is safe for use around even the most vulnerable,” says Sam Allcock, “We are pleased that the wider application of these products is now being realised, particularly in the fight against Covid 19 and we hope that by supplying these products, we can play our part in helping to keep more UK citizens get back to work safely.

For further information & PR enquiries, please contact:

Seldex Ltd
Tel: +44 (0) 330 2235 320
Email: sales@seldex.co.uk
http://www.seldex.co.uk

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HYGIENIC, WATER-SAVING PROPELAIR® TOILET FIGHTS COVID-19 AS UK RETURNS TO WORK


● Researchers highlight COVID-19 threat posed by traditionally-equipped bathrooms
● British-manufactured toilet has been proved to reduce airborne germs by 95%
● Protection from infectious disease a key concern as economy restarts

Laindon, Essex, UK, 18 June 2020: The hygienic, water-saving, UK-manufactured toilet Propelair® is fighting the spread of COVID-19 – and saving water – in offices, service stations and restaurants as the nation bounces back from lockdown.

Propelair’s patented toilet technology suppresses airborne germs, saves water and limits carbon emissions. Propelair is working with businesses eager to curb the washroom infection risk caused by their obsolete conventional flush systems.

Scientific research published this week in Physics of Fluids found that standard toilets produce a “massive upward transport of virus particles … with 40%–60% of particles reaching above the toilet seat, leading to large-scale virus spread” when flushed. The authors added: “Blocking the path of faecal–oral transmission, which occurs commonly in toilet usage, is of fundamental importance in suppressing the spread of viruses” such as SARS-CoV-2, the strain of coronavirus that causes current pandemic.

Using just 1.5 litres of water and a high-speed jet of air, Propelair leaves the pan super-clean with one no-touch flush. Its distinctive air-sealed action locks aerosolised germs and with its SteriTouch® handle, minimises infection risk. A study by the Centre for Research into Environment and Health (CREH) found Propelair reduced aerosolised bacteria by 95%.

David Hollander, CEO, Propelair and former Dyson Managing Director, said: “As people return to their workplace, responsible employers are upping their guard against airborne germs, especially in the loo. As their businesses recover, they’re looking for new clean, safe technology that doesn’t – literally and figuratively – doesn’t cost the earth.”

Phoenix Product Development Limited, which trades as Propelair, is currently raising funds from both new and current investors, to boost sales, expand into new markets and add further services and innovations.

With more than 3,600 Propelair units installed in the UK and South Africa, the company’s new management team is talking to organisations about over 40,000 toilets in the UK and South Africa and will be targeting water-stressed Australia and countries in the Middle East. Following earlier investments by Investec and Earth Capital Partners, Propelair is developing innovations such as IOT connectivity to enable customers to measure water performance and utilise a zero-capital service offering.

Propelair has won numerous industry certifications and standards and was awarded the prestigious European Horizon2020 grant in 2017 to develop new innovations.

● Photos of the management team and Propelair toilet are available from Allerton, below.

Media enquiries:
Allerton Communications
Peter Curtain +44 (0) 3633 1730 / +44 (0) 7733 301 707
peter.curtain@allertoncomms.co.uk

Further information:
https://propelair.com
https://www.seedrs.com/propelair

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Social Distancing Wearables Reduce Anxiety About Returning to Work


Careless workers flouting social distancing guidelines or those unable to fully engage due to anxiety or so engrossed that they forget about social distancing will be alerted if they overstep recommended distances. Beaconzone Ltd’s Social Distancing Solution (SDS) alerts users and stores data associated with the incidents. Employees can take the potentially nervous step back to work assured by their employer’s commitment to their wellbeing through investment in this technology.

Wearable devices alert users by emitting a flashing light and/or vibration if they overstep a set distance. The time and duration of a breach is stored then automatically synchronised with a station for review, tracking and tracing. Close contact event data enables identification of workers at risk so that they may be alerted and improvements made to working methods or patterns. Data is stored for future contact tracing if required.

SDS is a stand-alone ‘out of the box’ solution with no ongoing subscription. Data stays within the organisation. The wearable devices offer contact-free capability by synchronising automatically and work without WiFi, Ethernet or cellular connection.

Simon Judge of Beaconzone Ltd comments:

“Recognising an urgent need for organisations to return to work whilst mitigating concerns about social distancing we have applied our expertise in Bluetooth devices to work rapidly in developing this solution. Managers can be confident that members of their organisations will be automatically reminded to stay a safe distance apart. This will support leadership and waylay concerns as we start to get back to work.”

The Social Distancing Solution has been developed by Beaconzone Ltd in the United Kingdom, specialists in Bluetooth® beacon solutions.

An evaluation/starter kit which consisting of two devices and a station is available for immediate purchase.

https://www.beaconzone.co.uk/ 

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4 in 10 UK workers expect to work from home more often, survey finds


43% of workers say they will be “more likely” to work from home following the Coronavirus crisis

For millions of workers forced to work from home during the Coronavirus lockdown, remote working could become part of the ‘new normal’. Image licensed by Ingram Image
For millions of workers forced to work from home during the Coronavirus lockdown, remote working could become part of the ‘new normal’. Image licensed by Ingram Image

An end to Covid-19 lockdown may not mean an end to home working for many UK workers. A survey has found that 4 in 10 people expect to work from home more than they did before, even once the crisis is over.

More than 5,000 UK workers were asked to think beyond Summer 2020 and consider whether they were more likely, less likely, or equally likely to work from home in the future.

The result signalled a significant increase in remote working, with 43% of respondents saying they were more likely to work from home in the latter half of 2020 and beyond.

Adam Jones, Editor of HomeworkerHQ.com, the website behind the survey, said: “Companies and staff are beginning to realise that they can be just as productive while working remotely as they can in an office. And that working from home has many benefits.

“Remote working can improve employee satisfaction and retention, reduce carbon emissions and bring about savings in costly office space, facilities and utilities.”

Prior to the Coronavirus crisis, only 30% of the UK workforce had ever worked from home. While only 5.1% of the working population worked from home most of the time.

In recent years, the number of home workers has been steadily increasing – from 4.3% in 2015 to 5.1% in 2019, according to the Office for National Statistics. However, the current need for millions of people to work from home has the potential to accelerate this trend.

Not everyone can work from home of course, but there really is no reason why most desk-based jobs can’t be done remotely for at least some of the working week.” Jones adds.

“A combination of modern technology, such as high speed internet and video conferencing, combined with the catalyst of the Coronavirus crisis, now looks set to make remote working part of the new normal.”

About HomeworkerHQ: A new remote working website launched in response to the current crisis, HomeworkerHQ is dedicated to helping people work well from home. The website offers advice on how to set up a home office, choose the best office furniture and tech, and remain productive while working remotely.

Website: HomeworkerHQ.com
Twitter: @HomeworkerHQ
Email: contact@homeworkerhq.com

About the survey: The survey was conducted via a Twitter poll that used the social media network’s promoted tweet functionality to target a random sample of UK citizens aged 18+.

There were 5,157 responses within a 24 hour period from 19th to 20th May 2020.

The results were:

● 43.6% more likely to work from home
● 17.6% less likely to work from home
● 38.8% no change anticipated

Statistically, we can say to a 95% confidence level that between 42.2% and 45.0% of people in the UK’s working population of approximately 31.3m consider themselves more likely to work from home in the future.

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Free Re-flow forms to support the highways and construction sectors return to work


Our way of supporting the sector

As the Government and industry bodies launch business reopening measures, employers are now moving operatives back to site with clearer guidance on safe working practices and definitions of essential work established. There are various considerations employers must keep in mind when reopening their physical work locations, one of which is regular screening of employees to ensure they are fit to work and not posing significant risk of spreading Covid-19.

In support of the sector, as it embarks on the ‘new normal’ working practices and procedures, Re-flow is offering two free digital forms that strengthen social distancing measures, to any company in the sector. The first is for managing Covid-19 back to work screening and the other is to enable contact free waste transfer notes. These forms are accessible to all employees on their smartphones through our Apple and Android apps.

Find out more https://www.re-flow.co.uk/back-to-work

Ensure a safe return to work for your team

Keep on top of operative’s health, by symptom checking on a daily basis, using the Covid-19 screening form via the Re-flow app, allowing the return to work process to be done remotely.

Operatives can simply complete the information on the digital form at home or on site and the completed information is instantly sent to the Management team via email, who can then use the responses to decide when an employee is safe to return to work.

This has the primary function of keeping potentially contagious operatives away from site until they are well, by allowing them to screen from home. It also brings the process online, meaning there’s no physical documentation to exchange, which could be contaminated.

Full users of Re-flow can also add Covid-19 warnings and updates on the home screen of their app as a way of communicating to whole team.

Find out more https://www.re-flow.co.uk/back-to-work

Remove unnecessary contact

This offers a simple form on the app for waste transfer notes to be completed easily and digitally. It includes information such as details of the waste, the processes it has been through, and further information about the transfer. Companies can also include all compliance and licencing information required to have a digital paper trail for auditing purposes.

Once again, this removes the need for physical documentation that could be contaminated and any requirement for person to person contact.

Find out more https://www.re-flow.co.uk/back-to-work

How do our forms work?

*Integrate any kind of form you need into the app.
*Our forms can pull from databases, so that wherever possible, fields are
dropdown pick lists, removing interpretation errors.
*Make forms dynamic, so users can be asked for information based on the
previous response, removing user guesswork and unnecessary data input.
*Forms work completely offline and you can save as you go.
*On submission, forms are stored until a connection is established and then
automatically go straight into the cloud, immediately available to view as pdfs
in the management dashboard.

Find out more about Re-flow forms https://re-flow.co.uk/forms

The Offer – How we can help you for free

*Free access to the app will be available for a period of three months, up to and
including 31st August 2020.
*We offer the same data and hosting security as our paying customers receive.
*Any company can sign for an account via our website.
*All operatives can download the app on their smartphones and login using
your company’s unique login credentials to complete and submit the forms.
*All data is yours, and forms submitted via the app are instantly forwarded to
an email recipients of your choosing.
*The app your team will use in the field, works on iOS 10+ on the iPhone and
iPad and Android: 6+ phone and tablet. It also re-sizes to any device screen
size.
*This offer does not include access to a management dashboard – normally
accessible to paying customers.

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Work management platform Kantree extends its free trial to 90 days to support remote teams during the outbreak of COVID-19


PARIS, March 27, 2020: The development team of Kantree by Digicoop has announced the extension of its 30-day free trial to 90 days, in an effort to support businesses moving to remote work during the COVID-19 epidemic.

In addition to the standard 30-day trial period, Kantree is offering an extra two months of free use, without any limitations, to all new customers who request the extension online by April 30, 2020.

“As a remote-first team, we believe that remote work is the future, but realize that it can be a challenge for companies who are new to it,” says Mr. Bouroumeau- Fuseau, co-founder of Digicoop and developer at Kantree. “Thanks to our platform, thousands of people already work remotely. We help them change work practices and provide long-term support, driven by our cooperative values. The trial extension is our gesture of solidarity towards the business community during this global crisis.”

Kantree allows teams across departments to keep track of communication, know who is working on what at all times, and easily plan upcoming projects. All this can be done 100% remotely, on any device. Kantree replaces documents and gathers information from emails, Excel and Word in one place. The flexible and easy to use platform can be used across departments (sales, marketing, finance, business development, HR, IT etc.) and is as a mix between Trello and Airtable.

With more than 12,000 users, Kantree has been trusted by major enterprise customers in Europe and beyond, such as Orange or Thales Digital Factory in France. After nearly five years in operation, the company continues to expand internationally.

About Digicoop & Kantree 

Digicoop, the company behind Kantree, was founded in France in late 2015 by a team of engineers fed up with the tools available in their former jobs. Rather than yet another cookie-cutter tool, they wanted one that would allow any other teams to get organized in their own way. Pushing their thinking further, they realized that making self-organizing businesses work required shared ownership, transparency and trust. For this reason, they decided to create one of the first employee-owned (co-op) startups.

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Sudden Shift to Remote Work Increases Demand for Sales Productivity Software


New York, NY – The effects of Coronavirus are hitting hard around the globe, with many companies telling their workforce to “stay home”. Yet, as more workers operate remotely, many large companies are finding it difficult to keep up morale and productivity.
We’re being forced into the world’s largest work-from-home experiment and, so far, it hasn’t been easy for a lot of organizations to implement,” said Saikat Chatterjee, Senior Director, Advisory at Gartner, in a recently published report.

Ignite Remote Team Performance
Following the recent shift to remote work for most companies, there has also been a significant uplift in demand for productivity management software. Looking for a way to keep remote teams motivated and productive, many enterprise companies are turning to SaaS platforms that can help build more pipeline and drive more revenue producing activity. SalesScreen has seen a 400% increase in

inbound leads just this week.
“The battle to balance the demands of maintaining workplace productivity remotely while simultaneously igniting teams to peak performance makes SalesScreen uniquely poised to help companies handle this current challenge,” said Frank Matticola, Chief Revenue Officer, SalesScreen. “We believe that technology which enables remote work models can empower companies to maintain momentum during this challenging time and leverage their skills to unlock innovation, engage customers and move their businesses forward.”

There’s a lot that companies can do these days to bring their workforce together, including running fun sales competitions, celebrating achievements openly and collaborating more efficiently throughout the sales process.

Results-Driven Performance
“Recently, a top 3 global software company looking for a way to dramatically improve productivity has turned to SalesScreen. They wanted to positively encourage more outreach, measured in terms of more meetings that would drive more revenue.” Mentioned Sindre Haaland, CEO of SaleSScreen. “After implementing the system, they saw a 76% increase in meeting activity, and as measured in a user survey also drove significant team engagements and culture improvements (Employee survey drove an average of 9.1 rating on a scale of 10 – 10 being best, in a 10 question survey). We believe that this type of performance uplift is essential to companies who may be questioning whether they can hit their revenue goals.”

As employees settle in to new remote working routines for the foreseeable future, it will be imperative that companies find solutions that allow them to increase the engagement and visibility of their teams to boost their productivity from anywhere. We see that SalesScreen is helping teams do exactly that.

About SalesScreen
SalesScreen is a sales performance software that uses visualization and gamification to help organizations build happier, more productive workplaces. SalesScreen brings your data into one place, integrates with your existing CRM and makes daily work-life collaborative and exciting through peer-to-peer recognition and competitions.
https://www.salesscreen.com/

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Can Your Business Survive When Employees Work from Home?

Massive social distancing unprecedented in modern humanity is sweeping across the world due to Coronavirus. As a result, employers are trying to figure out how to protect employees while maintaining continuity of business. This has required an immediate shift to work from home, telework and telecommuting. Tens of thousands of companies were under-prepared for these radical changes.

Initially many company leaders anticipated that work from home would last days or weeks. But, based on new and developing information, it is increasingly probable workers will be obligated to work from home for up to one year. “While our response to COVID-19 is already in effect, it will take many months for employers to be able to ensure a safe work environment,” stated Lief Larson of Workface, a provider of productivity software used by employees to work from home.

Larson says key factors determining a return to workplace normalcy include health and safety, projections for exposure, and mitigation through appropriate access to treatment of COVID-19. Until then, there are some things your business can do to help employees. Larson recommends that you give employees a solid video conferencing solution that allows for text chat, holding meetings with colleagues and customers via audio and video, the ability to do screensharing, and the ability to have a digital LDAP-type company directory so employees can see who’s online and have an easy method to reach out to them.

Additional ways to support employees over the next year include potentially providing a stipend for employees to maintain a strong connection to the Internet, which may require upgrading their residential fiber or DSL service, and a potential stipend or reimbursement for their personal mobile phone if that needs to be used to conduct business from home. “If the employees are customer-facing it’s also a really good idea that you encourage them to reach out to customers and let them know how to communicate during the pandemic,” said Larson.

About Workface
Workface is a work-from-home app that features text chat, audio and video conferencing for holding meetings, screensharing, a company directory to see who is online/offline, and a way for team members to communicate via SMS/text. Workface helps employees work from home, but stay connected and productive throughout the day. Learn more by visiting https://workface.com

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Coronavirus leaves businesses to work out working from home


With the emerging risk of Coronavirus becoming a global pandemic, more businesses are looking towards remote working as a solution to either stem the spread of the virus or enable teams to continue working if in self-quarantine.

Government reports suggest that up to 1 out of 5 could be off work due to COVID-19 in the UK, so preparations are being rapidly put in place by organisations which have perhaps never considered enabling their staff to work from home before, and large businesses like Google and Twitter are telling their staff to work from home to prevent the spread of the rapidly escalating disease.

As a result, many businesses are rushing into or being forced to get remote working set up adequately, and many technology platforms are jumping to attention around the media coverage, creating guides and recommendations on how to set up your work force to adequately work from home.

Little coverage, however, is being given to the emotional impact it could have on those who are suddenly having to work in this way, stuck at home whilst the quarantine period passes or until offices are reopened. Employees are developing guidelines and ensuring that sick pay will be paid – but for working parents, there seems to be little relief for those planning for school closures, and for the self-employed there is no sick pay – many won’t be able to work or maintain their livelihood – a concern to many of the UK’s 5m who work for themselves.

Therefore, some groups are looking to tackle these more emotional aspects of the pandemic.

Community project Leapers [www.leapers.co] has developed a guide for teams who might forced to work from home, tips and ideas of how to “work well” with a focus on maintaining positive mental health under challenging circumstances. Matthew Knight, founder of the project supporting the mental health of the self-employed, explains “Many freelancers deal with isolation and working from home every day, so we have plenty of experience of what is needed to work well when working remotely. Fortunately, for many who might be under quarantine, 14 days is not forever – but isolation can very quickly set in, so we’re encouraging everyone to prepare for working remotely, not wait until it happens”.

Other groups who focus on remote working are joining together behind the hashtag #remoteagainstcoronavirus – encouraging everyone to share their tools, tips, techniques and support businesses to take steps towards remote working sooner rather than later, such as remote agency Hoxby Collective, and Mind have published guidance on maintaining good mental health under stress during infectious outbreaks such as COVID-19.

Knight suggests a handful of suggestions to ease into working remotely, which is available online for free or as a downloadable PDF to share within teams at https://leapers.co/go/coronavirus

+ Get Ready: don’t wait for it to be necessary, prepare your technology and teams for remote working now, give it a trial run and make sure you’ve discussed how your teams will communicate
+ Eat, exercise, sleep: physical health is intertwined with mental health, make sure you’re getting good rest, eating well, and find exercises you can do from home.
+ Structure your day: put a routine in place, so you’re endlessly working, and don’t forget lunch breaks
+ Schedule in socials: put some time in the day where you’re catching up with others about non-work topics, just as you would as work. Share a cup of tea with someone via a video call, or just pick up the phone, don’t rely upon only typing and texting.
+ Ask “how are you?”: companies need to check in on their teams at home, and individuals need to check in with their colleagues, and for those who are struggling, share how you’re feeling, talking about the stresses really helps.

Leapers is a community project supporting the mental health of the self-employed. Founded in 2017, it supports over 2000 registered members to work well. Matthew Knight is founder of the project, and is available for further comment: press@leapers.co or visit https://leapers.co/

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What can we do to combat the taboo of periods in the workplace?

Could employers be more accommodating to the monthly cycle, and if so, how? The stigma attached to periods manifests in many ways and in the workplace, it can often prove quite a difficult obstacle to overcome. In 2018, there were 15.3 million women aged over 16 in employment, with the total female employment rate being 71.4% — the highest ever figure since 1971, when records began.

Many of these women will be dealing with PMS on the job, but this is often overlooked by bosses and menstrual taboos can leave women feeling isolated. Join us as we explore the unspoken office code for all things menstruation.

Periods in the Workplace

Periods have become one of the many key concerns for women within the workplace, and there’s a historic legacy of keeping period-talk hushed in corporate environments. Women have been a longstanding focal group for pushing workplace equality into action. As the times have changed the breadth of issues has only grown.

Women are often dismissed as being overcome by hormones when ‘the time of the month’ strikes, a jibe which has left women feeling that nothing period related should be voiced at work. This professional silencing of periods is a result of the outdated belief that periods make women ‘weak’ and ‘irrational’ as they bow to the mercy of their hormones. From the early signs of first period, these attitudes have affected girls, leaving them feeling like menstruation should not be discussed in schools. This continues in later life.”

In a recent survey carried out, it was found that one third of men think that talking about periods in the workplace is unprofessional. Moreover, periods are viewed as a source of embarrassment in the workplace, with findings showing women would rather admit to a mistake at work than talk about their period in front of male coworkers.

In fact, a YouGov survey investigated this further and only 27% of women whose performance was affected by period pains had ever admitted to their employer that this was the case and a further 33% said they’d made up an excuse in the past. Currently, it seems as though women are left to either grin and bear it in silence, sacrifice their statutory sick days, or endure the wrath of the menstrual stigma. In 2020, this simply shouldn’t be the case.

What can you expect?

Back in 2018, after suffering from extreme menopause symptoms, namely heavy bleeding that had caused anemia, Mandy Davies took her medication to work. When the container of the diluted mixture was misplaced, she panicked upon noticing two men drinking water nearby. Suspecting that her medication could have been in the jug the men were drinking from, Ms Davies voiced her fear and faced an in-depth investigation from her company’s health and safety department. This concluded in her being dismissed under gross misconduct. Her medication hadn’t been in the water in question, and after a court dispute she was awarded £19,000 in total for the pay lost and to compensate for injury to feelings.

The case referred to The Equality Act 2010, which covers nine characteristics — and while period related problems are not named, the impact of them at their most severe can prevent women from carrying out their day-to-day tasks, and this is a recognised element of having a disability. While the symptoms Ms Davies was experiencing are related to the menopause, they can be common of periods too: heavy bleeding, brain fog and dizziness — and 57% of women affected by these symptoms of PMS said it had adversely affected their ability to work. Therefore, many women could be forced to deal with physical pain and lessened performance for consecutive days at a time, and this has become the norm.

In a climate where workplace culture is always evolving, HR departments are facing a diverse range of employee complaints, and period related issues are having an increased impact on employee welfare. More than one in ten women have reported being the recipient of negative comments directed at them in relation to menstruating. Perhaps leadership development is needed for employers to educate them on their attitudes towards women over their menstruation period.

These micro-aggressions are leading to an increase in presenteeism — where employees who aren’t fit to work still attend in order to fulfil what is required of them. One study revealed that 80.7% of respondents said they lost an average of 23.2 days per year to presenteeism and reduced productivity, linked to being on their period.

Is there a potential solution to combat this?

The potential of introducing flexible working could be introduced to allow female employees to manage their symptoms.

Emma Barnett, author of Period, It’s About Bloody Time described that while menstrual leave might not be feasible for larger companies, making period pain a valid reason for taking sick leave should become a reality. Barnett also discussed the need for more honesty surrounding periods, captured in her suggestion that every workplace should have a ‘menstrual policy’, to give women clearer workplace rights when it comes to periods.

In Japan, a recent move was made by a department store to assign ‘period badges’ to its female members of staff for them to wear while they are menstruating. The idea was introduced to help tackle the stigma of periods, using the pink cartoon of Seiri Chan — whose name translates to ‘Miss Period’. However, the move faced backlash with claims of harassment made. It’s highly unlikely that a step like this would be taken in UK workplaces, but what proactive steps should employers consider taking when it comes to resolving the stigma?

There’s certainly room for adjustment when it comes to making workplaces more period-friendly, from having set policies in place to encouraging openness to tackle the menstrual stigma.

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