North East Post
Weekend Edition
1:00 AM 15th January 2022

New Initiative To Encourage Employees To Attend Smear Test Appointments

To coincide with Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (17th – 23rd January 2022), ISAWITFIRST are now offering employees half a day of paid leave, so they can attend their smear test appointments.

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust's data shows that cervical screening (smear tests) prevent around 75% of cancers from starting, as the screening identifies people who are at a higher risk of developing cervical cancer.

Although these tests are important and potentially life-saving many people struggle to fit their appointment around their busy lives and in some cases put it off. A new survey by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust found that 1 in 5 people with a cervix would use annual leave, take a sick day, or even take unpaid time off to get their smear test*.

This newly launched initiative from ISAWITIFIRST, simply asks employees to show HR the invitation to get their smear test, and the company will then arrange paid leave to attend the appointment. The brand hopes this will encourage its employees to get their cervical screenings without worrying about being able to fit it around their work schedule or having to use up their annual leave for what can be a life-saving appointment.

A spokesperson from ISAWITFIRST’s HR department said:
“Cervical screening is the best protection against cervical cancer, at ISAWITFIRST we understand the importance of attending these routine screenings and hope providing extra paid leave will give employees the time and confidence to go to these potentially life-saving appointments.”