If I could tell you just one thing about the menopause at work...

If I could tell you just one thing about the menopause at work...

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.

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How to tell your Manager about a Reproductive Health Condition

How to tell your Manager about a Reproductive Health Condition

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.

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Reproductive health is a serious workplace issue. But, why?

Reproductive health is a serious workplace issue. But, why?

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. 

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Working as a Nurse with Endometriosis: Dionne’s story

Working as a Nurse with Endometriosis: Dionne’s story

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. 

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“Sorry to hear that, but just remember it could be worse”. A management lesson in what NOT to say.

“Sorry to hear that, but just remember it could be worse”. A management lesson in what NOT to say.

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.

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Women’s health and the dilemma of disclosure #isitadisability? #HRessentialread

Women’s health and the dilemma of disclosure #isitadisability? #HRessentialread

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.


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