Worldwide kicks off 2023 by signing the Menopause Workplace Pledge
January 3, 2023
WORLDWIDE Financial Planning has kicked off the new year by signing the Menopause Workplace Pledge – a campaign by ‘Wellbeing of Women’ which encourages businesses, large and small, to take positive action to make sure everyone going through the menopause is supported.
Women make up almost half of the workforce at Worldwide across its three offices in Cornwall, Southampton and Northern Ireland.
Eleanor McGillie, the firm’s Communication’s Director, said when she and the CEO Peter McGahan spoke about the pledge, it was a no-brainer for the firm to sign up for it.
Speaking about the firm’s commitment, Eleanor said: “Back in the day, the menopause was something which our mothers and grandmothers would not have even spoken about, so, if women weren’t talking about it, guaranteed men were definitely not talking about it.
“A 2019 survey conducted by the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) found that three in five menopausal women—usually aged between 45 and 55—were negatively affected at work. BUPA found that almost 900,000 women in the UK had left their jobs because of menopausal symptoms. Think of the detrimental effect that would have on the economy and the ripple effect on family life.
“It has taken surveys, campaigns like the Menopause Workplace Pledge and personalities like Davina McCall, Carol Voderman and many more, to speak up about the menopause, its symptoms, how it affects women and how it can affect women in the workplace.
“The global population of menopausal and postmenopausal women is projected to reach 1.2 billion by 2030. In the UK, 2022-23, the female participation rate in the workforce is expected to expand by 0.1 percentage point, to reach 75.3 per cent. That’s a lot of women. That’s a lot of workplaces which need to be supportive to female colleagues.
“Our team’s health and wellbeing is hugely important to us all. For us, signing this pledge is about awareness, education, action and support. By signing the pledge, Worldwide is committing to: recognising the menopause can be an issue in the workplace and women need support; talking openly, positively and respectfully about the menopause and actively supporting and informing our team affected by the menopause.”
Trish Rogan, Worldwide’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “We want everyone to reach their full potential and not to be feeling anxiety because of what is a natural process in women’s lives. Some of our team will either have gone through the menopause, or, they have it ahead of them. Some of the men on our team will have wives, girlfriends and colleagues who will at some point be going through the menopause so signing this pledge is a win win for everyone. It will be informative and supportive for all.”
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