If there's a silver lining regarding endometriosis, it may be this: COVID-19 workplace changes seem to have a positive effect on women suffering from endometriosis. In the 2021 study, 8 out of 10 women reported that workplace changes as a result of COVID-19 made it easier to manage their endometriosis symptoms.
Some of the pandemic-related changes that helped women suffering from endo included more flexible time management, the ability to work remotely, 20-minute rest periods, more access to health care and mental health resources, and access to exercise classes and physical aids, such as heat packs.
"As a result of easier endometriosis management and flexible working arrangements, [the respondents] also felt more productive, with more than half indicating they were more productive as a result of COVID workplace changes," the study authors stated.
This relationship is mutually beneficial. Offering women better benefits and flexibility in the workplace helps ease endometriosis symptoms and helps increase productivity, which benefits the company.
Unfortunately, not all women have access to these changes, such as flexibility to work from home or additional sick leave. Still, these changes are a step in the right direction and could be used as a framework for companies to follow.