D&I Roundtable: Menopause in the Workplace
The salience of Menopause in the workplace has been growing over the past few years, with a number of organisations taking steps to implement change and support menopausal women at work.
As more women are working well into their 50s and 60s, an ever-growing proportion of the workforce are faced with a variety of symptoms. This is a cross-sector challenge, with organisations seeking to raise awareness, educate and ultimately provide support, ensuring that the menopause is not a barrier, both in terms of carrying out day-to-day work, but also career progression.
In this session, delegates will get the opportunity to hear from Deborah Garlick, a practitioner focused on taking the mystery out of menopause at work and making it easy to introduce the right training, policies and practices. Deborah will be speaking alongside individuals from HSBC, who will be sharing their own story and latest thinking.
Men are a vital part of the conversation. Whilst we recognise that on first review we are likely to receive considerable interest in this event from women, we are particularly keen to also welcome men to the roundtable.
Andrew recently joined HSBC from Bupa, where he worked for 10 years helping organisations create effective wellbeing strategies, most recently as the Head of Strategic Relationships.
Andrew believes that menopause, along with other female health issues, is in a similar place to where mental health was a decade ago. If businesses can again open up the conversation and challenge the stigma, not only will they reap the benefits of being at the front-end of recruiting and retaining female talent; but they have the chance to set precedents for the rest of society too.
Anne has worked for HSBC since leaving school at 16, in a number of different roles and is a huge advocate of the people agenda and in particular colleagues’ well-being.
Anne strongly believes in helping individuals whatever stage in life’s journey they are at. She has worked hard over the past two years to raise awareness of the education and support needed to ensure HSBC is a Menopause friendly organisation.
Chris Maddren is the lead HR Consultant for Well-being in HSBC in the UK. Chris supports business functions across the bank in delivering tools and support to help colleagues with their physical, mental and financial well-being.
Chris is leading a team of colleagues in developing a series of changes and improvements aligned with making HSBC a Menopause friendly organisation.
Deborah is passionate about helping thousands and thousands of people live better lives by raising awareness and understanding of the menopause, changing perceptions and getting everyone talking about it.
She is the Director of Henpicked.net, Menopause in the Workplace, and a Communications and Engagement Director. Since its launch, Henpicked.net has grown to be one of the UK’s largest, fastest growing communities for women over 40. Henpicked’s book ‘Menopause: The Change for the Better’ was published by Bloomsbury in May 2018.
Deborah is a member of The British Menopause Society and Menopause Research Network. She has been working with UK-wide and international organisations to make it easy for them to introduce the right training, policies and practices to raise awareness and education of this critical area, supporting colleagues, leaders and teams.
With decades of colleague engagement and communication experience and as a board-level adviser, she’s led the development of the T4W Henpicked menopause toolkit.
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