Zupee, an online skill-based gaming platform, introduced a paid period leave policy for its female employees on March 13, 2023. The new policy allows for one day of leave per month, whether the employee is working from home or the office.
The company says that this move is part of Zupee’s effort to combat the stigma surrounding menstruation and create a healthy and comfortable working environment for the company’s female workforce.
According to the company, Zupee is the first online gaming platform that focuses on skills to introduce a paid leave policy. The new policy will take effect on April 1.
Surbhi Sanchita, VP-human resources, Zupee, stated that the implementation of the period leave policy is aimed at not only acknowledging and protecting the health of its female employees but also raising awareness to combat the stigma that surrounds menstruation.
Furthermore, Sanchita believes that this move will help women in the workforce manage their health better along with their professional and personal lives.
Other startups have followed suit by launching initiatives to support female employees. For instance, Swiggy, an online food delivery company, provides two days of monthly ‘time off’ to its female delivery partners, and Zomato offers its female staff 10 days of paid leave during their menstrual period each year. Byju’s, an edtech platform, also grants its female employees up to 12 period leaves (PELs) in a year.