The journey towards creating a workplace that prioritises employee well-being often takes shape through insightful collaborations and engaging conversations. Recently, Marshall Wolfe participated in an enlightening webinar series hosted by the Equality Works (EW) Group, featuring the expertise of Dr. Enya Doyle. This not only opened our eyes to the importance of fostering a safe and inclusive workplace but also inspired us to delve into the critical topic of menstruation and menopause in the workplace.
Breaking the Silence: Insights from EW Group
The engaging discussions led by the EW Group highlighted the significance of breaking the silence around topics like menstruation and menopause, which are two aspects of a woman’s life that can often go unspoken. This can lead to discomfort and challenges that can significantly impact employee wellbeing. The webinar provided valuable insights into the societal impact of these life stages and underscored the need for creating environments where open conversations are encouraged.
By appreciating the psychological aspects of a safe space, we recognised the importance of fostering emotional security within our workplace. By actively listening, validating concerns, and ensuring confidentiality, we aim to create an atmosphere where employees feel comfortable sharing their personal experiences, including those related to menstruation and menopause.
The webinar shed light on the diverse ways individuals experience menstruation and menopause. For example, symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, mood swings, and fatigue may affect work performance and overall wellbeing. Furthermore, the stigma surrounding menstruation can lead to embarrassment and discomfort for employees who may feel the need to hide their sanitary products or downplay their symptoms.
Understanding these concepts opens up a variety of ways companies can offer their support and leadership can commit to destigmatise menopause and menstruation.
These can include:
- Establishing a safe space: consider having a workplace champion who will actively advocate and promote open dialogue
- Offering flexibility: consider adjustments to accommodate the unique needs of employees during these life stages
- Implementing educational programs: these programs aim to dispel myths, break down stereotypes, and create a more informed and compassionate work environment.
- Adopting inclusive policies: demonstrate a commitment to employee well-being and contribute to a workplace culture that is equitable and respectful
The journey towards fostering a workplace that prioritises employee well-being is often sparked by engaging collaborations and expert insights, and this webinar enabled us to dive into the critical conversation surrounding menstruation and menopause. Addressing the specific needs of individuals experiencing menopause or menstruation is not only a compassionate gesture but also a strategic investment in employee wellbeing. When employees feel supported and understood, they are more likely to be engaged, productive, and committed to their work.
We strive to create a workplace that thrives on trust, empathy, and inclusivity. Each of us can contribute to the overall success and happiness of our teams while championing a workplace culture that values every individual’s unique journey.