As many businesses are, we’re on a journey to establish a completely inclusive, welcoming workplace that encourages and allows staff to thrive.
Recently, this has seen us look into how we can better support those who experience menopause.
Over half of our team is female, which means it’s vital for us to recognise that a large proportion of the team will experience menopause at some point in their lives, with some at this stage already.
With symptoms such as depression, anxiety, loss of confidence, pain, tiredness, and more, it may not be surprising to hear that a study found that 1 in 10 women quit their jobs because of the effects of the menopause.
It can undoubtedly affect people’s day-to-day lives, which is why it’s so important for organisations to provide whatever support they can.
Here’s what we’re doing:
Having open conversations
We’ve started the conversation and opened the lines of communication to make everyone more comfortable talking about the menopause.
Sharing information and resources
We’ve gathered and created resources, posters, links, and more information to share regularly with the team.
Appointing a menopause representative
I've taken on the role of Menopause Champion, acting as MERJE's go-to person for anyone who wants to discuss menopause and how it’s affecting them, or has any ideas of what more we can do to provide support.
I have also completed the Henpicked Menopause Champion training course, equipping me with plenty of knowledge and resources which I can share with the team.
Whilst we know that actions speak louder than words, it’s still important to have the written policies in place which demonstrate our commitment to supporting our staff. That’s why we’ve created and distributed a new Menopause in the Workplace policy.
Signing the pledge
We’ve signed the Wellbeing of Women Menopause Workplace pledge, showcasing our long-term commitment to taking positive action and making sure everyone going through the menopause is supported.
Of course, this is an ongoing journey and we’ll continue to look for ways we can further support our staff. Read more about our Good Business initiatives here.