Tito recently introduced Period Days at work—an optional, but encouraged, extra paid day off each month for when you're on your period.
We're not the first company to do this. In fact, Japan has had a law since 1947 granting seiri kyuuka (“menstrual leave”) to women enduring painful periods. That said, Tito is the first —and so far only—company that I know of personally who’s doing something like this.
Previously, the only other period-at-work-related campaign I’d seen was Alice Bartlett’s Tampon Club. The idea: pop a load of sanitary products in the office bathrooms for people to use when they’re caught short while on their period. Simple but effective.
Paul first raised the idea of Period Days in our 1:1 call, prefaced by "there's something I'd like to introduce, but I'm not sure how it'd be received…" When he explained the concept to me and his thinking behind it, I told him Period Days got my vote.
We're a small team—just ten of us in total. And, being small, when we have an idea we'd like to implement, we're in the fortunate position to be able to just do it if people are generally in favour of it. Turns out people were (or at least no one objected), and so Period Days are now live at Tito.