Tuesday, 05 October 2021
Wellbeing of Women has launched its 'Menopause Workplace Pledge' campaign, in partnership with HELLO! Magazine and Bupa, calling on all employers including everywoman's Co-Founder, Maxine Benson, to support colleagues going through menopause in the workplace.
Women make up nearly half the UK workforce, yet it's estimated that nearly 900,000 have quit their jobs due to menopause. Research shows it is in the workplace where many women struggle to manage menopause symptoms which can include anxiety, brain fog, poor concentration, fatigue, hot flushes, and irregular and heavy bleeding.
In a roundtable event to launch the campaign, The Countess of Wessex, the charity's Royal Patron, commented: “To think that women are having to leave the workplace is just tragic. We are fabulous in our 40s, and we are even more fabulous in our 50s, 60s and 70s, and we need to celebrate that and keep those opportunities going for women."
Leading companies such as Bupa, Tesco, PwC, HarperCollins UK and Santander UK have signed the pledge and took part in the roundtable. Each organisation shared measures being taken to support employees.
By making the pledge, organisations commit to recognising that the menopause is a workplace issue, and that women need support, as well as talking respectfully and openly about the menopause, and actively supporting and informing colleagues.
For more information about the 'Menopause Workplace Pledge' campaign, please visit the dedicated section of the website.
If you are an employer, you can sign the pledge for your organisation.
As a staff member, you can join the campaign and encourage your workplace to sign the pledge.