Today is World Menopause Day, which aims to raise awareness of the effects of menopause, remove the stigma surrounding it and highlight the support options available to improve health and wellness, particularly with regard to the effects of menopause.

3 out of 5 women between the ages of 45-55 experiencing menopause symptoms say it has a negative impact on them at work. Symptoms – of which there are over 30 – can be long term and debilitating. This is why we feel strongly that menopause is not just a gender or age issue; it is an important issue for us to support in the workplace.

As part of our Employer of Choice Commitment, we strive to ensure that our workplace practices promote diversity and inclusion and that our colleagues are supported at all stages of life. Today, we have launched a new Menopause Support Policy, which is designed to ensure our colleagues understand the help that is available to them and how they can access it, as well as providing guidance to line managers so they are equipped to help team members in the most effective way.

Alongside this new policy, we are organising a number of initiatives that complement the policy such as a webinar and learning module to help line managers understand more about menopause and guidance on how to support team members. Our European Women’s Support Network (EWSN) will be hosting a guest speaker event where our colleagues will have the opportunity to hear from a world-leading menopause expert. These initiatives aim to provide information and guidance not only to those of our colleagues who have personal experience of the symptoms of menopause, but also those who may be supporting partners or family members going through it too.