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Stuff We Don’t Get: Cycle Bracelets

A boss in Norway is requiring female workers to wear a red bracelet during their “time of the month” to indicate that they will be needing additional bathroom breaks. Apparently employers are a bit up-in-arms about the amount of bathroom time their employees are taking.

When I first saw this, I thought for sure it was a joke. But as far as I can tell, it’s for real.

I can understand the need to streamline efficiency and increase productivity, but really? So menstruating women get a red bracelet. Does someone with an irritable bowel have to wear a brown bracelet? How about someone with a UTI? Bright yellow? Forgive me for being crass, but is that the next step on this path of insanity? I can’t imagine someone asking me to signify – whether through jewelry or otherwise – if I were having my period or any other medical issue that required more personal bathroom breaks. And does it really require that much extra time in the bathroom?? For adult workers, I think we’ve got it down pretty well by this point in our lives, have we not?

What do you think about this rule? What would you do if your employer required you to wear one?

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About Krista

Krista is a full-time working mom of two boys, currently aged 6 and 7. She lives in Kentucky with her husband, Brandon.