Domestic Care Group has launched a new menopause policy to support female employees within the workplace.
The new policy, launched on International Women’s Day (March 8), provides managers with a four-step procedure to help employees deal with menopausal symptoms whilst at work.
The procedure includes the option to make adjustments for employees within the workplace, and offer ongoing support checks and guidance.
Domestic Care Group, which provides nursing and care services throughout Northern Ireland, employs 937 staff, with female employees making up 80% of the workforce, 20% of which are aged between 45 and 55.
With the launch of this policy, the group has a signed the Menopause Workplace Pledge and appointed a Menopause Champion who will be a point of contact to staff affected by the menopause, should they not feel comfortable talking to their manager.
It is also providing all employees with access to an e-learning course through its online training system, Optimum Inspire, to learn and understand how the menopause affects women both in and outside the workplace.
HR Manager, Lucy McCreery commented: “The menopause can be a difficult time for some women, especially whilst at work, we don’t want this to be a ‘silent issue’. We want to support our staff to talk to us to see how we can help them at work.”
An advocate for menopause support within the workplace, Home Care manager Connie Mitchell, said: “I am delighted to work within a company who are leading the way in supporting myself and colleagues who are experiencing menopause symptoms. We spend so much time in our workplace, it is essential to speak up and support each other as we all manage different symptoms both physically and mentally. I am delighted to see this policy launched to support so many in our workplace and wider as this impacts on family and loved ones.”
Caption: HR manager Lucy McCreery with Lesley-Megarity, owner and founder of Domestic Care Group.