Government appoints menopause employment champion

Adecco’s Helen Tomlinson is named the first menopause employment champion.

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The Government has appointed the first menopause employment champion, amid criticism that it is not doing enough to help menopausal women at work.

Helen Tomlinson, Head of Talent (UK & Ireland) at The Adecco Group, has been appointed to the independent role by the Department for Work and Pensions and will work closely with the Minister for Social Mobility, Youth and Progression Mims Davies.

As part of the voluntary role, Tomlinson will focus on encouraging employers to develop menopause policies to create more supportive environments to help women experiencing menopause to stay and progress in work. She will carry out this work while continuing her employment at Adecco.

Tomlinson has hosted a podcast on menopause and worked with Adecco to develop and introduce their menopause policy which has since been adapted for numerous external clients and includes training for managers and the creation of a menopause community of allies who advise women on how to support themselves to thrive in work whilst experiencing menopause.

As Menopause Employment Champion, Tomlinson will focus on workplace support and raising awareness of menopause related issues. This could include advising employers on small but significant changes they could make to the workplace, such as offering those experiencing symptoms more regular breaks, a choice of uniform or creating cooler spaces in offices for those experiencing hot flushes.

Tomlinson will also work closely with the Women’s Health Ambassador Dame Lesley Regan whose work on the menopause centres on healthcare provision.

The Government has been criticised for failing to take up most of the recommendations of the Women and Equalities Committee report on the menopause, including making menopause a protected characteristic in law and trialling menopause leave. Women and Equalities minister Kemi Badenoch faced many questions about the Government’s stance at a Women and Equalities Committee meeting last week.

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