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Menopause Awareness & Support in the Workplace Workshop

Danubius Hotel Regents Park , 18 Lodge Road, St. John's Wood, London NW8 7JT

Menopausal women are one of the fastest growing workforce groups in the UK however the issue is still being treated as a workforce taboo by some and in general has not been satisfactorily recognised and supported by employers. The MP Rachel Maclean is predicting; “It will become as unacceptable to not have a menopause policy as an employer as it is to not have a diversity and inclusion culture”, yet few companies have menopause-specific health and wellbeing policies in place.

Registration fee: £450 plus VAT per delegate

Why attend this workshop?

A vast majority of the 4.4 million over 50 women will go through menopause during their working lives. Recognising and supporting menopause is vital and positions your organisation as an inclusive employer of choice to a crucial demographic. It will help improve productivity and engagement, lower absence levels, reduce recruitment costs and avoid any legal action.

  • Workplace discrimination based on gender or age is illegal under the Equality Act
  • Several companies have faced tribunals and lost, being ordered to pay substantial amounts
  • Replacing a woman who has left work due to menopausal symptoms can cost an average of £30 000
  • Corporate Social Responsibility: ensure your midlife female employees can work as long as they choose with the highest possible quality or working life
  • CIPD revealed that 30% of the working menopausal women they surveyed had taken sick leave, yet only a quarter of these told their boss the real reason for their absence
    • 65% said their ability to concentrate was affected
    • 58% experienced greater stress
    • 52% became impatient with clients and colleagues due to menopause

Part of a long-established BFI portfolio of workplace occupational health training.

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

Coffee and registration

INTRODUCTION TO THE DAY AND LEARNING OBJECTIVES

UNDERSTANDING MENOPAUSE CHALLENGES IN THE WORKPLACE

  • Why support menopausal women? The business and moral case?
  • Quantifying the positives: productivity, reduced absence, loyalty, building your brand as an inclusive employer, reducing recruitment costs, minimizing the risks of workplace tribunals
  • What is menopause and how does it affect your female employees
  • Physical, psychological and other symptoms and how they affect women both in and out of the workplace
  • What are the symptoms and their effects inside and outside work?
  • How can women be supported in the workplace: what help do they need and how can you make it easy to ask?

MENOPAUSE - THE CLINICAL ASPECTS

  • The impact of menopause on the body: sleep, diet, symptom management
  • Helping strategies
    • Workplace adaptions and adjustments
    • When OH referrals might help
  • HRT, alternative medications, natural treatments, lifestyle and workplace changes, self-help alternatives hypnotherapy, CBT
  • What can we do in the workplace?
    • Exercise, stress relief, mindfulness and meditation, networks, making information available to all
  • Managing stress, brain fog: how do you support female colleagues?
  • Myths and misconceptions

Morning coffee

LEGAL UPDATES AND OBLIGATIONS

  • Understanding and meeting your legal requirements to support menopausal staff
  • Menopause under the Equalities Act 2010
  • Your legal duties to avoid age and gender discrimination
  • Pay gap issues: removing barriers to progression for older women
  • Writing and implementing a menopause-specific policy
  • Sickness absence procedures
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Frequency of breaks
  • Risk assessment of the workplace under Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
  • What should be included?
  • How do you ensure it’s implemented and understood company-wide?
  • Case histories and lessons learned
  • A blueprint

DISTILLING THE WISDOM: AN EXCHANGE OF KEY EXPERIENCES, STRATEGIES AND SUPPORT IN THE WORKPLACE

Delegates will work in breakouts to identify key issues and potential solutions to feed back to the whole group.

Lunch

REVIEWING EXISTING POLICIES AND FRAMEWORKS

  • What could help in terms of the physical and psycho-social work environment changes and adjustments
  • Guidance documentation – what could be included
  • Adapting existing sickness and flexible working policies
  • Uniform policy
  • Communication and talking about menopause at work
  • Evidence-based interventions: Self-help for women and line manager training
  • Workplace culture and occupational health awareness campaigns
  • Ensuring you are sending positive messages
  • Champions and allies – setting up, terms of reference, training and awareness-raising
  • Training line managers and raising awareness internally

PRACTICAL AND WORKABLE STRATEGIES

  • Why is the issue relevant and key to our organisation?
  • Understanding the issues and communicating them internally and externally
  • Practical workplace solutions: what to implement and why
  • Starting the conversation with colleagues who have no experience of the issue
  • Raising awareness without ranting!
  • Practical measures: what works and why?

Afternoon tea

INSTIGATING AND MANAGING DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS

Using resources and prompts, delegates will role-play menopause workplace conversations, feeding key findings back to the group and identifying best approaches to include in policy and guidance.

End of workshop

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