SPIE UK is Raising Awareness on the Menopause Through Online Training

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Posted by SPIE UK

According to the Department of Work and Pensions, the proportion of women between 50 and 64 who are in work is at its highest level ever.

Consequently, this means that more women will go through the menopause while at work, with many experiencing physical and psychological symptoms. Moreover, due to the taboo surrounding the subject in the workplace, raising awareness amongst employees to help normalise conversations around the effects of the menopause, is not only a key part of SPIE UK’s corporate social responsibility, but also our occupational health care of duty.

At SPIE, we take the health and wellbeing of our people very seriously, which is why providing employees with the necessary information to understand the impact menopause transition can have on females in the business is very important. As a result, we are proud to be rolling out a training module to provide anyone who may be experiencing symptoms of the menopause with helpful tips and for others who might need guidance on how to offer support.

The course will be hosted on our internal online learning platform where it can be completed or alternatively conducted as a group or face-to-face session on Teams to encourage interactivity and engagement on the subject.

We hope that this will encourage men and women of all ages to feel comfortable discussing the symptoms and ask for help where needed and for the right support to be available.

HSEQ/OHH Business Partner Sandra Green

Furthermore, the training will be offered to our Senior Management to ensure they are equipped with sufficient knowledge to support their employees as and when required. This should bring about a greater awareness amongst our managers of the menopause being a possible occupational health issue, and to discuss any appropriate arrangements or improvement for those affected.

As an employer, we have a duty of care to protect the wellbeing of our people, Sandra Green, HSEQ/OHH Business Partner, who leads Occupational Health for SPIE UK elaborates: “As a business we have invested in a mental health training programme, delivered online and face-to- face. This has assisted in normalising the conversation regarding mental health. Following the success of this training, we have expanded and produced a training programme on the transition of the menopause. We hope that this will encourage men and women of all ages to feel comfortable discussing the symptoms and ask for help where needed and for the right support to be available.”   

The output of this course will help cultivate a culture in which our female workforce is at ease to discuss such health matters now and in the future.

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