Lunch and Learn:  Menopause in the Workplace

Tuesday 26th March

12.00 to 1.00 pm

 

Mid Ulster Labour Market Partnership hosted an online information seminar which aimed to identify how Menopause impacts both the employee and the employer and what you can do to support staff through any symptoms and generate awareness in the workplace. Today’s workforce is prominently in the over 50 age bracket, with a large percentage being female, this topic is arising more frequently within the workplace.

 

Hosted by Pamela Ballantine, the webinar began with Tara Grimes, a local menopause advocate, speaking about the common symptoms women are likely to encounter and how they can impact on a day to day basis within the workplace. This also covered hints and tips on how to manage these symptoms.

 

This was followed by Jennifer Cruickshank, HR/CR Manager at Henry Brothers, one of our local construction companies, looking at how female workers are operating within a male dominated industry. How Henry’s have implemented training and support – for both male and female employees and to learn best practice that you could take forward to your own organization.

 

Finally, we heard from Ann McAleer, Policy Engagement & Equality Officer at Mid Ulster District Council, detailing the steps needed to create a Menopause Support Policy. Ann spoke about the groups you should consult with to assist in creating a robust but appropriate policy, the obstacles encountered, the benefits of the policy and what else needs to be considered.

The webinar ended with a Q&A session giving delegates the opportunity to ask any of our panel some questions.

 

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