Coinciding with World Menopause Day (18 October), leading law firm Blake Morgan has launched its new Menopause in the Workplace Policy and Guide to support colleagues going through the menopause, and provide guidance to managers on how they can deliver the right support in the workplace.
The new policy and guide signals the firm’s commitment to supporting people transitioning through menopause. It aims to educate and inform individuals about what menopause is, provide guidance on how managers can support people who are transitioning, and establish an open, compassionate and positive environment to have supportive conversations about the menopause.
The firm has also announced its new Menopause Mentors scheme in partnership with Over the Bloody Moon, a specialist menopause consultancy, who will provide training via its CPD-accredited programme. Once trained, the Menopause Mentors will be on hand to provide advice, support or a confidential conversation.
Liz Bryne, HR & Development Director at Blake Morgan, said:
The menopause transition isn’t always easy, but with the right support, it can be much better. It shouldn’t be taboo or ‘hidden’ and some people may find it hard to talk about their personal transition through menopause in work, or know what to say to someone who is transitioning through menopause. We believe everyone should be better informed about this significant life transition, which is why we’re pleased to launch our new Menopause in the Workplace Policy and Guide for Managers and Colleagues.
She added: “We want to ensure that we’re doing all we can to support people transitioning through the menopause by making a clear commitment to having open and positive conversations with our colleagues about their personal experiences. This will help to raise awareness of some common experiences and feelings during menopause transition, and ensure we provide practical support and a range of resources for individuals and their managers.
“We’re also excited to launch our new Menopause MentorsTM scheme, in partnership with Over The Bloody Moon. We know that perimenopause, when unsupported, can lead to poor mental, cognitive and physical health, which is why we wanted to address this too. The Over The Bloody Moon team will help us to ensure that our Menopause Mentors can spot common signs, know how to support empathetically and appropriately, and that colleagues transitioning through menopause are signposted and given access to trusted resources. Our first group of Menopause Mentors will be completing their training over the next month. But we don’t want this important conversation to stop here, which is why we’ll be hosting our first menopause awareness event later this year and keeping the discussion going.”
Lesley Salem, founder of Over The Bloody Moon said: “We’re looking forward to partnering with Blake Morgan in helping to implement their menopause support strategy. Early intervention is essential if people transitioning through menopause are to be given the same opportunities as their counterparts to thrive in the workplace. Upskilling through accredited and comprehensive training, such as our online Menopause MentorsTM programme is an important component of that.”