Menopause at work
Six in ten menopausal women say their symptoms have had a negative impact on their work (source:CIPD).
At Aspire Academies Trust, we want to ensure that our schools can support staff affected by the menopause and help them to feel comfortable at work, both when experiencing symptoms and when asking for support and adjustments.
Each school has been allocated a 'designated person' who is able to put together a support plan with a member of staff if they are not comfortable discussing with their line manager. We are also in the process of developing a colleague support network and have introduced a new Menopause Policy.
All staff are being trained on what the menopause is and the symptoms that affected staff may suffer. We will be running training for our line managers on Menopause Awareness and introducing a training session to support staff who have menopause symptoms. Through educating our staff, we hope to to help minimise any menopause-related stigma in our schools.