Posted on: 31 May 2018
Last week Pret-A-Manger, affectionately known as Pret, otherwise known as the divine-creation of Gods who merged the powerful combination of crayfish and avocado with the simple sandwich (and don’t get me started on the dried mango) was sold for over one billion pounds.
How is this relevant at all to periods you ask? Except for the fact one of our employees dreams bi-weekly of their yoghurt and granola pots, why are we discussing Pret?
Having been sold for an even greater figure than the hours I will be watching Love Island this summer, Pret recognized the loyalty of their employees by providing all 12,000 of them with a £1000 bonus.
Here at Freda we believe bonuses are great and that every company should treat their employees every now and again. However, we also believe that companies shouldn’t overlook the basic essentials.
Every office has soap and toilet roll in their bathrooms because it’s widely acknowledged that these are necessary to maintain basic hygiene standards. No one wants to shake and dry and no one wants residual germs on their hands. Most offices have communal kitchens with free coffee, some provide sound-proofed sleep pods (cough cough, Google) and AOL even offer prosecco on tap and massage chairs in the nap room.Meanwhile the needs of Yahoo’s employees also apparently stretch to an onsite farmers’ market, Oktoberfest and having their kids birthday parties’ planned and hosted for them.
However, from toilet roll to bubbly, a number of companies have forgotten one very important thing: half of their employees get periods. These employees appreciate the free fitness classes but can’t attend if they have no sanitary products to hand. These employees enjoy happy hour but won’t go if they’ve got blood on their trousers. These employees probably need the nap pods after the five days of stomach cramps they’ve had to endure. In other words, half of their employees’ have a basic need that’s still not being met: pads and tampons.
Meanwhile, some companies do provide tampons – if you have found enough coins in your pocket and managed to negotiate the awkward dispensing machine.
Women deserve better. 86% of us have gotten our periods in the workplace without accessible products and we know that you know that’s not fun. Freda believes it’s time to end this implicit sexism, this backwards supposition that this basic essential is somehow less essential than others.
That’s why we have launched a petition, encouraging companies to provide free period products in their bathrooms. We’re even offering Freda products for a two-month free trial just to get the ball rolling.
If you agree that the time has come for tampons and pads to be available in every workplace including yours,sign the petition.
We promise, it won’t replace happy hour at your office. But you’ll be sipping on prosecco safe in the knowledge that any potential period crisis has been prevented.