In a huge effort to get people talking about and normalize what is mostly considered a taboo subject, a British TV channel called, aptly, ‘Channel 4’ has launched its very first menopause policy…
It will support those that they employ who are having issues and symptoms like anxiety, hot flushes, and severe mood swings, and allow women to be more flexible with their working arrangements as well ha being allowed paid leave de to feeling not so good.
The Tv channel has stated that it is the very first among UK companies to do this, then to make it even better still they also offer a quiet workspace that is private and cool, to really make sure that women feel comfortable if they experience symptoms and get support and needed resources too.
They intend to end the awful dark shadow around the subject of menopause by laying out positive strategies and giving all staff a better understanding, including managers, giving the workplace a more serene open quality.
As part of their policy the TV channel will start an awareness briefing, it will bring this to all leadership and team processes, the Human Resources has even got a dedicated menopause champion, wow!
The team that supports gender equality in their network, called ‘4Women’ are responsible for the new policy and will carry on their great work alongside ‘4Mind, mental health employee network.
The Guardian view on the menopause at work: a healthy conversation
The Channel quite appropriately announced their idea and the actions they took to support it on the World Menopause Day, go Channel 4!
The Channel 4 chief executive, Alex Mahon, said:
“This is Channel 4 living its remit, normalizing a taboo subject by making it more visible, and we hope that 4Women’s fantastic work will inspire more in the industry to support women in their workplaces transitioning through the menopause.”
Co-chair of 4Women, Jane English, said:
“We wanted to open up the conversation at Channel 4 and in doing so prompt the media industry to also start talking more about how they can better support women transitioning through menopause.”
We only need to look at the statistics, which tell the tale, 59 percent of women, during work, experience menopausal symptoms, and say it negatively impacts their work, according to the human resource company Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development…
What’s your take on this, would you like the same at your place of work?