Bracknell Forest Council has signed Wellbeing of Women’s Menopause Workplace Pledge. The pledge recognises the importance of supporting staff who experience menopause in the workplace. The pledge requires organisations to make 3 key commitments to staff who are impacted by the symptoms of menopause. These commitments include:
- recognising that the menopause can be an issue in the workplace and women need support
- talking openly, positively and respectfully about the menopause
- actively supporting and informing your employees affected by the menopause of the help and advice available to them
The recognition of menopause as a significant factor in the workplace is an important step in employee wellbeing. A government poll in 2017 showed that 1 in 7 female workers left their job due to menopause. In another survey, 90% of respondents felt that menopause negatively impacted their performance at work.
Knowing this, over the past year, council staff members have set up the Pause for Menopause action group. This was with the goal of finding out how menopause affects people at work. This is either those experiencing it first-hand, or those living with someone going through it. This began with short drop-in meetings but has developed further in recent months to walk and talk sessions.
A number of resources were shared with employees for Menopause Awareness Month. This culminated in the signing of the pledge on World Menopause Day. The signing of the pledge represents the culmination of the first stage of group activities, a recognition of their achievements, and the beginning of implementing further practical steps to help employees.
Signing the pledge were Cllr Paul Bettison OBE, leader of Bracknell Forest Council, and Susan Halliwell, chief executive of Bracknell Forest Council.
Sue Halliwell said:
“I’m very proud of the work that was done by the team prior to my arrival. They identified an important, though often taboo, issue in the workplace and took cooperative and inclusive steps to address it.
“The group recognises that it is important for women to feel comfortable having conversations about menopause, but also that other people can ask questions about it too. Menopause not only impacts the person experiencing its symptoms, but the people around them.
“Signing the Menopause Workplace Pledge is a symbol of the council’s commitment to continue actively supporting employees affected by menopause.”