Partners& to become menopause-friendly employer

Insurance broker Partners& has announced its commitment to becoming an accredited menopause-friendly employer to recognise World Menopause Day (18 October).

The accreditation from the Menopause Friendly Accreditation Independent Panel, which demonstrates that an employer has a clear understanding of how the condition can have an effect at work, will allow the firm to use the menopause friendly badge, which is a visible sign of its commitment to supporting staff.

The process will require the organisation, which employs 362 members of staff, to develop new policies, training and practices. It will look to deliver training and events for employees, line managers and HR colleagues and provide best practice toolkits to include videos, e-learning and webinars.

It will also share information-based articles, starting with the importance of nutrition during the menopause, and details of the new Bupa Menopause Support Plan, which is part of its existing Bupa private medical insurance (PMI) package, and includes tools, statistics and a quiz to help understand the menopause better and a helpline. In addition, meditation sessions will be run throughout October and staff will be encouraged to share stories to encourage an open and inclusive environment.

Phil Barton, CEO of Partners&, commented that he is delighted that the business is now on the path to becoming a menopause-friendly employer and would like to thank Henpicked for its support.

He explained that as the health and wellbeing of his staff is critical to the success of the business, he wants to remove the taboo of talking about the menopause and make sure workers feel included and supported.

“Following the Henpicked Menopause in the Workplace webinar, we are also fully aware that the menopause can affect partners and family members too, so we want to encourage a very open and inclusive conversation for everyone. I believe that by becoming a menopause-friendly employer we will continue to attract the best talent, who increasingly look to work within a supportive and modern culture,” Barton said.