Menstrual Leave at CD Projekt RED: The Good, The Bad, and The Crampy


This is not an April fool’s joke. CD Projekt RED are giving us girls an extra month and a half off work a year for having periods.

Ladies, fasten your seatbelts, because CD Projekt RED – the gaming giant we all know and love – has just rolled out their latest initiative, and it’s leaving me both excited and skeptical. At first glance, you’d think their name was inspired by our monthly visitor’s signature hue, but it turns out that they’re extending their crimson camaraderie beyond just their logo. That’s right, they’re offering menstrual leave to female employees! But before we jump for joy (and hope not to leak in the process), let’s take a closer look at this bold move and examine whether it’s truly the period plan we’ve been waiting for, or just a well-intentioned but flawed idea dressed up in a red cape.

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As a woman in today’s fast-paced world, I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with my monthly visitor. On one hand, it’s a sign that everything is functioning as it should, and on the other, it’s a constant reminder of the unending battles I face with pain, mood swings, and the occasional embarrassing leak. So when I first heard the news of CD Projekt RED introducing menstrual leave for employees, my initial reaction was one of sheer delight. Finally, a company that gets it!

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Menstrual Leave at CD Projekt RED: The Good, The Bad, and The Crampy

But then, being the overthinking, anxious female that I am, I began to question the practicality of this seemingly fabulous idea. I donned my thinking cap and, with the spirit of Anna Kendrick guiding me, I compiled a list of reasons why menstrual leave might not be as brilliant as it first appears.

The Pressure to Perform

In an ideal world, everyone would be understanding, and taking time off for period pain wouldn’t be a big deal. However, in reality, the implementation of menstrual leave may unintentionally create a sense of pressure for women to perform at peak levels when they’re not on leave. The last thing we need is to feel guilty about taking a break while our male colleagues work away.

The Fear of Falling Behind

While the idea of taking 2-4 days off every month sounds great, let’s face the facts. Work doesn’t magically disappear when we’re on leave. Instead, it piles up like an ominous mountain of doom, waiting for our return. The thought of coming back to a cluttered inbox and endless deadlines is enough to make even the most patient woman question the wisdom of menstrual leave.

The Perils of Stigmatization

Though CD Projekt RED’s policy is well-intentioned, there’s a risk of further stigmatizing women by granting them a leave that’s exclusive to their gender. While the intention is to foster inclusivity and support, it may end up doing the opposite. After all, the menstrual cycle is just another reason for people to bring up the tired old argument that women are emotional, weak, and incapable of handling the same workload as men.

The ‘Red Badge of Courage’

If everyone knows that you’re on menstrual leave, it’s essentially announcing to the entire office that you’re on your period. As much as I’m all for openness and honesty, there are some things that I’d prefer to keep between me, my uterus, and my box of extra-absorbent tampons.

The Unpredictability Factor

If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that periods can be as unpredictable as the weather. One month, you might breeze through it without a care in the world, while the next, it’s a full-blown crime scene in your pants. The idea of planning your leave around your period is, quite frankly, laughable. I can hardly predict when I’ll crave a tub of Ben & Jerry’s, let alone the exact start date of my menstrual cycle.

The FOMO Effect

While taking time off for period pain might seem like a dream come true, it could also lead to a serious case of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). What if you miss out on an important meeting or the office pizza party? Sure, you might be home binging on Netflix and nursing your cramps, but the thought of missing out on crucial work moments is enough to send even the most introverted woman into a panic.

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Menstrual Leave at CD Projekt RED: The Good, The Bad, and The Crampy

Now, don’t get me wrong. I applaud CD Projekt RED and GOG for their forward-thinking approach to workplace inclusivity. It’s refreshing to see companies taking the well-being of their female employees into consideration. However, as with any groundbreaking policy, it’s essential to weigh the pros and cons before jumping on the menstrual leave bandwagon.

Instead of focusing solely on menstrual leave, perhaps companies should explore more comprehensive wellness programs that cater to the diverse needs of all employees, regardless of their gender. Encouraging a healthy work-life balance, providing mental health resources, and fostering a supportive and understanding work environment can go a long way in creating a truly inclusive and comfortable workplace for everyone.

Cropped shot of a woman holding a hot water bottle against her stomach on the sofa at home
Menstrual Leave at CD Projekt RED: The Good, The Bad, and The Crampy

In the meantime, as we navigate the uncharted waters of menstrual leave, let’s remember to keep the conversation open and honest. Let’s not shy away from discussing the challenges and celebrating the victories that come with our unique experiences as women in the workforce. And above all, let’s continue to strive for a world where everyone, regardless of gender, feels valued and supported in their professional journey.

So, dear reader, whether you’re a staunch supporter of menstrual leave or a skeptical observer, let’s raise a glass (or a hot water bottle) to the ongoing quest for workplace equality, inclusivity, and the freedom to tackle our monthly battles without fear or judgment. After all, we’re all in this together – cramps, mood swings, and chocolate cravings included.

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