The Government has committed to being a menopause-friendly workplace by signing up to a pledge created by the island’s Diversity Network.
The 51 Employers Pledge was signed by civil service head Suzanne Wylie, and the Vice-Chair of the States Employment Board, Constable Richard Buchanan, earlier this month.
Mrs Wylie said: “Menopause is a subject which is not often talked about openly in the workplace, despite the fact it has such a profound impact on many colleagues – either directly or indirectly.
“Signing the pledge is a mark of the Government’s commitment to encouraging more open conversations and adjusting our policies to be even more helpful to those going through this often-challenging life transition.
Pictured: Government CEO Suzanne Wylie holding the 51 Employers Pledge certificate.
“It would be a great achievement for the island if other employers joined us, and the Diversity Network was able to reach its target of 51 employers signed up the pledge by Menopause Day on 18 October.”
The civil service is Jersey’s largest employer, and more than half of its 7,500 employees have either been through, are going through, or will go through the menopause at some point in their lives, with one in five experiencing severe menopausal symptoms that are likely to affect both them and their work colleagues.
Employers who sign the pledge commit to 14 actions:
This pledge is in addition to the Government’s Menopause Café, which is an online network for all colleagues who want to share experiences, knowledge and raise awareness around the menopause and its impact on people in the workplace.
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