The CIPD (the professional body for HR and people development) is aiming to break the taboo surrounding the menopause at work. That is why they’ve published a variety of menopause resources, including two specific guides, one for people managers and the other for HR, both providing advice and support designed to help women going through the menopause at work. We caught up with Claire McCartney, Diversity & Inclusion Policy Adviser at the CIPD, to find out more.Read More
If your employee becomes disabled, or develops a health condition due to their illness or injury, you are legally required to make reasonable adjustments to enable the employee to return to, and remain in work.Read More
Disclosing private health information can be a difficult idea to enact. Work reputation, perceived employability and psychological stress may impede the process. While there are growing levels of workplace awareness and support around reproductive health conditions, it is important to inform and protect your health through a professional and carefully curated dialogue.Read More
According to Public Health England (2018), a third of women in England are suffering from severe reproductive health problems. This includes endometriosis, infertility and the menopause; all conditions which can cause particular difficulties at work. With women representing just under half (46.5% in 2017) of the total labour force in the UK (The World Bank, 2017), reproductive health is an issue which needs consideration.Read More
I’m Laura, a 34 year old, neurodiverse mother of two beautiful neurodiverse girls and wife to a wonderful neurodiverse man. I have struggled with PMDD, Post-partum Depression and Psychosis, and Menstrual Psychosis in my life.Read More
Dionne spent a gruelling six years suffering from pain. After years of not knowing, being turned away on many occasions and told her symptoms were "all in her head", she was finally diagnosed with Endometriosis in 2016. The illness has caused her life to change dramatically and she is now campaigning to make other women and young girls aware of the illness.Read More
If my illness was killing me, I’d be taken seriously. If more people learnt what it’s like to live with, I’d be taken seriously. If people would stop telling me it’s part of a period, I’d be taken seriously. But, guess what...I’m not.Read More
Deciding whether or not to tell an employer about a health condition such as PMDD and Endometriosis can be very difficult. To make it harder, there is a lot of confusion around whether these conditions are seen as a disability, or not.