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Creating a menopause-friendly workplace

By March 8, 2022No Comments

Tuesday 8 March is International Women’s Day, when we celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness against bias, and take action for equality.

At Catalyst, we’re committed to ensuring that all our colleagues are treated fairly and with dignity and respect in their working environment. We’re also committed to ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of all our people.

As part of our commitment to inclusion and wellbeing, we provide guidance and support on menopause in the workplace to inform colleagues and help tackle the taboos around the subject.

Menopause is a natural stage of a woman’s life, which may bring a range of symptoms. Statistics indicate most women* experience menopause between the age of 45 and 55, some at an earlier age, so most women will go through menopause during their working lives.

For some it has very little impact. But for others, it can be debilitating and have a serious impact on their wellbeing. Symptoms can affect both physical and mental health and this should not be overlooked. Women can experience symptoms of varying severity and over several years.

Menopause support and guidance

To support colleagues experiencing menopause – and educate all colleagues – we have an eLearning video that explains what it’s all about, how it can affect people and how to help.

The video was developed with industry leading expert, Julie Dennis, to raise awareness of this important life stage and explain the importance of taking the time to understand it better.

It accompanies some new guidance which we’ve also published that goes into more detail and explores ways colleagues and managers can help make working life through menopause a little easier.

Colleagues have created an internal social network group, open to all, where colleagues can share experiences, seek advice and get to know each other – especially important now many of us are working from home.

In addition, we have an employee assistance programme which provides colleagues with unlimited access to a 24-hour phoneline. This offers support, discussion and counselling with professionally qualified experts including mental health, nutrition and lifestyle.

Amanda Gonsalves, our Executive Director of People and Culture, said: ‘We’re proud to have put in place menopause support and guidance at Catalyst. These sources have been implemented for all of our colleagues to access. There is advice and information for those who are going through menopause, and for colleagues who want to offer support and to know more about it. We’re committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of our colleagues, at all stages of their lives.’