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4th Annual Menopause in the Workplace Conference: Maximising Inclusivity

Building inclusive and welcoming working environments demands a positive response to individual needs. The significant and growing number of menopausal women in the UK workforce represents a huge body of experience, senior knowledge, expertise and talent, and smart employers ensure this important demographic is recognised.

  • Menopausal women are the fastest-growing workplace demographic with almost 8 in 10 menopausal women in work
  • 59% of working women between the ages of 45 and 55 who are experiencing menopause symptoms say it has a negative impact on them at work
  • Nearly a third of women said they had taken sick leave because of their symptoms, one in four women have considered leaving their jobs because of the impact of their symptoms in the workplace
  • Employers who fail to properly support menopausal women could be found to be discriminatory
  • 63% have shied away from asking for help in the workplace
  • Employers, especially as we now face real challenges in recruitment across all sectors of UK organisations, must ensure they respond to the needs of this key demographic.

Which functions will benefit from attending

  • HR, Diversity & Inclusion, Recruitment & Resourcing, Policy & Strategy , Operations, Line Management, Legal, Talent, Equality, Policy, Organisational Development, Employer Branding, Engagement, Employee Relations, People Development, Learning and Development, Improvement and Quality

Schedule

WELCOME AND BREAKOUT SESSIONS

a chance to meet fellow delegates and establish your learning objectives and outcomes for the day

LEGAL AND BUSINESS CASE: WHAT ARE YOUR EMPLOYER OBLIGATIONS AND DUTIES?

  • The Equality Act: what must you be aware of?
  • Pro-actively managing an age-diverse workforce: essential considerations
  • Developing and implementing an effective and inclusive policy
  • Case studies and recent tribunals: lessons learned

MEDICAL UPDATE AND ISSUES TO BE AWARE OF

  • Understanding what menopause is and how it affects women in the workplace: physical, mental, emotional and practical considerations
  • Traditional and alternative therapies: a snapshot of the pros and cons
  • Forced menopause: what is it and who might be affected: essential workplace support strategies
  • Supporting trans and non-binary colleagues: are you fully inclusive?

COMFORT BREAK

CASE STUDY

CASE STUDY

PANEL DEBATE: RECRUITMENT, DIVERSITY AND FLEXIBLE WORKING

Coffee Break

BREAKOUT WORKSHOPS

Delegates each choose a workshop to attend – you will discuss and debate the key topic areas and exchange experiences, potential solutions and challenge some outdated attitudes. Workshop leaders will report back to conference ensuring that all delegates benefit from the findings and conversations.


WORKSHOP A: STARTING AND CONDUCTING CONVERSATIONS WITH MENOPAUSAL COLLEAGUES TO ENSURE THEIR WORKPLACE NEEDS ARE BEING MET: Open-door policies, compassion and privacy: what works and what doesn’t?
WORKSHOP B: STRATEGIES TO INCLUDE AND EMPOWER MALE COLLEGUES TO SUPPORT: tackling taboo subjects, stigma and menopause in male-dominated environments
WORKSHOP C: WORKPLACE ADJUSTMENTS: INNOIVATIVE SOLUTIONS: listening, responding and key messages to communicate
WORKSHOP D: ETHNIC, CULTURAL AND ETHICAL ISSES: ensuring you are an inclusive and sensitive employer
WORKPLACE E: IDENTIFYING AND ESTABLISHING CHAMPIONS, ROLE MODELS AND NETWORKS:

Comfort Break

WORKSHOP SUMMARIES AND KEY FINDINGS

Closing Remarks and End of Summit

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