More employers sign up to menopause at work pledge

Tesco and Royal Mail are just some of the 600 employers who have signed up to the Menopause Workplace Pledge.

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Employers including AstraZeneca, BBC, Royal Mail, Co-op, and TSB are among 600 organisations who have signed up to the Menopause Workplace Pledge.

The campaign, run by the Wellbeing of Women charity, launched six months ago and is raising awareness of the menopause as a workplace issue.

Wellbeing of Women, in collaboration with Hello! Magazine and Bupa, is calling on every employer to take the Menopause Workplace Pledge to keep women and colleagues in work and help them to flourish at every life stage.

One of the latest signatories is Royal Mail, which has launched a range of initiatives to further support the 16,500 members of its staff likely to be experiencing perimenopause and menopause symptoms. This includes new menopause training and an internal campaign to normalise conversations.

Another is Tesco which has menopause guidance and training in place, and will change its uniform to incorporate a breathable fabric to help with hot flushes.

In 2019, Co-op introduced a menopause policy to its 60,000 colleagues. It has now launched a dedicated menopause support guide to over 4,500 managers across its food stores, funeral homes, legal services and insurance businesses to better support colleagues.

Professor Dame Lesley Regan, Wellbeing of Women Chair, said: “Nearly five million women aged 50-64 are currently in employment in the UK. They represent the fastest growing demographic in the workplace. For the first time in history, women are likely to be menopausal or post-menopausal for a longer period of time than they were reproductive.

“Employers can play a key and important role in helping women to manage their health and wellbeing at this stage in life. By doing so, organisations can help to ensure a gender-equal working environment, support women to reach their potential and benefit from the enormous expertise and experience that they contribute to the workplace.”

 



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