CD Projekt plans to roll out menstrual leave following new GOG initiative

Following GOG’s lead, CD Projekt is reportedly considering introducing paid menstrual leave for its employees.

In recognition of the impact of the pain period on some staff, at the time of the announcement, GOG said the “experimental” leave “breaks taboos” and is “one step closer to transforming GOG. into an even more inclusive workplace”, but it will not be. stop his “continuous efforts to learn, reflect and improve on how we can do better for all of our team members”.

Given that the initiative was announced in early April, not everyone was convinced of the sincerity of the announcement, but Axios confirms that the program was introduced as a result of personal experiences within the company’s own team. GOG.

“Menstrual leave promotes inclusion by accepting that there are biological differences in the workplace. By providing extra days off for people with period pain, we recognize that these symptoms are real,” the company said. on LinkedIn.

“Breaking taboos can only be done by speaking up and turning an awkward topic into a normal conversation. Implementing menstrual leave is yet another step in making GOG an even more inclusive workplace, and we will not stop in our ongoing efforts to learn, reflect and improve how we can do better for all of our team members.”

The leave is for “whenever painful periods occur” and will be fully paid, with the company estimating that staff with painful periods will take an extra day per quarter.

PC Gamer contacted GOG’s parent company, CD Projekt – which employs more than 1,000 people – to ask if other companies in the company’s network would also be testing the program. According to CD Projekt PR Director Radek Grabowski, “GOG is spearheading this initiative, and we are exploring it further for CD Projekt as a whole.”

It’s one of many new games industry initiatives that aim to improve the support, well-being and retention of its staff, such as the fully paid trial of a four-week work week. days of Bandai Namco Mobile, and Guerrilla Games chose to delay the release. of Horizon Forbidden West in part to save its employees from having to crack.

Jack L. Goldstein