At Morgan Hunt, we firmly believe in creating an inclusive and supportive workplace that values the well-being and empowerment of our employees. We want to shed light on two important and distinct issues affecting many individuals in the workforce: menstruation and menopause. By fostering open dialogue, offering flexible policies, providing access to necessary resources, and promoting education and awareness, we can create an environment where everyone feels respected and supported throughout these natural phases of life.
Despite the progress we have made in breaking down societal barriers, stigma surrounding menstruation and menopause still persists in many workplaces. This stigma often leads to silence, shame, and the suppression of conversations around these topics. Employees may feel hesitant to discuss their menstrual or menopausal experiences due to fear of judgment or discrimination. As employers, we have the power to challenge these stigmas by fostering an environment of acceptance and understanding. By openly acknowledging and addressing the stigma, we can create a workplace culture that promotes inclusivity, empathy, and support. Let's explore how employers can make a positive impact on menstruation and menopause in the workplace.
Menstruation in the WorkplaceMenstruation is a normal part of many women's lives, and it is essential that we address the unique challenges it presents in the workplace. Here are some key considerations for supporting employees during menstruation:
Open Dialogue By encouraging open conversations, we can reduce stigma and create an environment where employees feel comfortable discussing their needs and concerns. Foster open discussions through team meetings, one-on-one sessions, or anonymous suggestion boxes, allowing employees to voice their challenges, suggestions, and concerns without fear of judgment or embarrassment. Flexible Work Policies A majority (57%) of women in employment who suffer from period pain say it has affected their ability to work. By implementing flexible work policies, such as flexible working hours, remote work options, or the provision of personal leave, employers can help employees manage symptoms and prioritise their health during menstruation. Accessibility to Menstrual Products 12% of British women are affected by period poverty – a new survey, commissioned by ActionAid UK, has found that nearly one in eight women in Great Britain have struggled to buy menstrual products for themselves and/or a dependent. To support employees, provide easy access to menstrual products, such as tampons, pads, and menstrual cups, in workplace bathrooms. This shows that you acknowledge and care about their needs, promoting a more comfortable and inclusive environment.
Menopause in the WorkplaceMenopause is a natural stage of life that can bring physical and emotional changes for women, and it is crucial that employers provide support during this transition. Here's how employers can support employees experiencing menopause:
Open Dialogue The number of women who will experience menopause whilst in employment is increasing, there are currently around 4.5 million women aged 50–64 in employment. Encourage open conversations about menopause to reduce stigma and promote understanding among employees and managers. Create a safe and supportive space where employees feel comfortable discussing their menopause-related symptoms, concerns, and needs. Flexible Work Policies: One in ten women who worked during the menopause have left a job due to their symptoms. To accommodate their needs, consider implementing flexible work policies, such as flexible working hours or the provision of personal leave, allowing employees to manage symptoms and prioritise their well-being. Education and Awareness Programs: Eight out of ten women say their employer hasn’t shared information, trained staff, or put in place a menopause absence policy. Bridge this knowledge gap by hosting workshops or seminars that educate both employees and managers about menopause. Provide information about menopause and available resources, such as informative pamphlets or access to webinars, to promote understanding, empathy, and support.
As a recruitment company, it is our responsibility to advocate for inclusive workplaces that celebrate diversity and prioritise employee well-being. Menstruation and menopause are natural processes that affect a significant portion of the workforce. By actively supporting individuals during these stages of life, we foster a culture of inclusivity, empathy, and empowerment.
Let's challenge the status quo, break down barriers, and create an environment where menstruation and menopause are seen as normal and worthy of support. Together, we can build a workplace where all employees feel valued, respected, and empowered to achieve their full potential.
Remember, supporting individuals during menstruation and menopause is not just an act of kindness; it is a smart business decision that leads to a more engaged and productive workforce. Let's stand together and make a positive change in the way we approach these natural processes in the workplace. If you want further advice on supporting your employees who experience menstruation or menopause, reach out to us at [email protected]