Prominent specialist midland’s recruitment consultancy, SF Recruitment, leads the way in Menopause Awareness as they host a ‘Menopause in the Workplace’ event in partnership with Law Firm, Browne Jacobson LLP and Lauren Chiren on 5th July, Victoria Square, Birmingham.
The menopause is not currently a specific protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010. However, highly-anticipated recommendations arising from the Parliamentary Inquiry into Menopause and Work are expected by the end of June 2022.
Speaking at the event will be menopause expert, Lauren Chiren. Lauren is a global keynote speaker, trainer & coach on executive women's wellbeing and why being menopause supportive, is business savvy. She works to support high performing women in navigating the changes and challenges of all things hormonal. Lauren has been seen on the BBC, CNN and Sky News to name a few. She has been actively engaged in campaigning to normalise menopause at work and has regularly consulted with MP’s locally and in the House of Commons.
Claire Davies, Head of HR Recruitment at SF comments on why the business was so keen to get involved: “Our business is directly involved with employment, so it is vital that we understand and support anything that impacts recruitment. When we equip ourselves with the right knowledge, we become invaluable trusted partners to our clients and candidates alike. Irrespective of whether or not it becomes a protected characteristic, making menopause inclusivity a priority has been demonstrated to not only improve an organisation’s performance and financial bottom line, but also makes for a better place for employees to work.”
According to research by Nuffield Health, there are 13.5 million menopausal women, of which 80% are in employment. 72% of women in work say they feel unsupported; 9 out of 10 women say they feel unable to talk to managers at work; and 1 in 50 are on long term sickness, and as many as 25% of these women seriously consider giving up work, with over 10% simply leaving their jobs. This is completely necessary and is entirely preventable.
As Lauren shares through her business: Women of Certain Stage, menopause affects everyone, directly & indirectly, including everyone living, working & socialising with menopausal people too. When businesses address menopause in the workplace, they can expect to Improve attraction & retention of women in the workplace. Increase employee engagement & satisfaction. Boost performance & productivity. Reduce the gender pay gap and support inclusion & belonging, people, health & safety, and wellbeing strategies
Image Credit: Lauren Chiren, https://www.womenofacertainstage.com/coaching