Menopause in the Workplace: Implementing Change

This event will equip you with the tools to implement a menopause strategy in your workplace. We’ll also debate the best way to integrate menopause into the heart of HR policies and help you ensure that your staff members have the confidence to ask for help and support. This is an essential issue for all work places so check out our outline of speakers and book your place!

Working through and beyond menopause

As employers, and work colleagues, we need to develop better strategies and hold open debates around the support we can provide to the members of our workforce experiencing menopause.  How can we create an inclusive and supportive working environment? What is the best way forward to integrate menopause into the heart of the HR policies of a diverse workforce? 

Join Holyrood on 5 September as we examine best practice and look at leading examples of menopause workplace strategies in Scotland. This unique event will provide a safe space for an open and engaging discussion. Whether you are an HR manager, a health or social care professional or any colleague working to achieve cultural change within your organisation, this event is for you. 

Holyrood Communications has been organising policy events on salient policy topics in Scotland for more than 20 years. We provide key experts, policy makers and communities a platform on which to put forward their ideas, solutions and viewpoints.

Confirmed speakers

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Jeane Freeman, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport - Scottish Government.  

  • Yvonne Stewart, Assistant General Secretary for Operations and Equality at STUC.
  • Dr Heike Gleser, Consultant Sexual and Reproductive Health at Tayside Sexual & Reproductive Health Service.
  • Prof Joanna Brewis, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy at the Open University & co-author of the 2017 government report The effects of menopause transition on women's economic participation in the UK
  • Emma Ritch, Executive Director of Engender 
  • Eilidh Dickson, Policy and Parliamentary Manager of Engender 
  • Lee Ann Panglea, Head of CIPD Scotland and Northern Ireland.
  • Deborah Garlick, Director of Henpicked: Menopause in the Workplace
  • Rachel Weiss, Founder of the Menopause Cafe
  • Ruth Devlin, Let's Talk Menopause
  • Elaine Miller, Pelvic Health Physiotherapist & Stand-up Comedian at Gusset Grippers.
  • Kate Wyatt, Partner at Lindsays
  • Lesley Pirie, HR Adviser at the Scottish Parliament & Mary Ann, Chair of the Women's Network at the Scottish Parliament
  • Menopause voices:
    • ​Yvvonne Mccuaig, Managing Director at Dial a Deal UK

Key issues we’ll examine with you

At this event you'll gain: 

  • In-depth understanding of the support needs, risks and rights that surround menopause within a diverse workforce
  • The opportunity to implement change in your organisation with safe discussion areas and adapting working spaces.
  • Up-to-date information on the latest developments in menopause policies and examples of the leading menopause strategies in Scotland’s public sector.

Who should attend? 

  • HR assistants, managers and specialists
  • Health and safety managers
  • Internal communications assistants and managers
  • CEOs and Directors
  • Wellbeing officers
  • Health and social care professionals

Agenda*

Registration and opening remarks

09:20    Registration and Refreshments

09:50    Welcome and Introduction from Pennie Taylor, journalist and health and social care specialist.

09.55 Keynote speech:  Jeane Freeman MSP,  Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport - Scottish Government.   

10.10 Session 1: Planning a menopause strategy in the workplace - identifying support areas for a diverse workforce

  • Promoting integration: reaching out to communities with different working patterns and working conditions

10. 10 Menopause at work: clinical aspects of a challenging relationship

Dr Heike Glesser, Consultant Sexual and Reproductive Health at Tayside Sexual & Reproductive Health Service.

10:25    Rights & Duties in the workplace

Yvonne Stewart, Assistant General Secretary for Operations and Equality at STUC

Kate Wyatt, Lawyer and Partner at Lindsays

11.10  Q&A

11:25    Refreshments and Networking

11:40  Session 2: Implementing organisational and cultural change - best strategies and practices

  • Providing safe discussion areas as a resource to implement change
    • Coaching techniques
    • Risks assessments
  • Adapting the workplace: 
    • Designing office spaces for women
    • Female Smart Clothing

Lee Ann Panglea, Head of CIPD Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Deborah Garlick, Director of Henpicked: Menopause in the Workplace

Rachel Weiss, Founder of the Menopause Cafe

Ruth Devlin, Let's Talk Menopause

12:30    Panel Discussion and Q&A

12:55    Lunch and Networking

13.40 Menopause Cafe - Led by Menopause Cafe 

14:15 Session 3: Looking ahead - integrating menopause at the heart of HR policies

  • Navigating employment law: rights and duties during menopause
  • Public sector in Scotland leading the change: reviewing and changing staff policies
  • Inclusion and poverty: extending menopause and period policies to non-working population and young people.

Prof Joanna Brewis, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy at the Open University

Emma Ritch, Executive Director of Engender & Eilidh Dickson, Policy and Parliamentary Manager of Engender 

Lesley Pirie, HR Adviser at the Scottish Parliament & Mary Ann, Chair of the Women's Network at the Scottish Parliament

15:10    Questions and Discussion

15:40  Menopause in the workplace - Standup Comedy Session

Elaine Miller, Pelvic Health Physiotherapist & Stand-up Comedian at Gusset Grippers

16.00 Closing Remarks from Chair

16:10    Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change



Our events are CPD certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees. 

 

 

Speaker callout

We are committed to bringing the latest policy information with engaging dialogue and practical case studies to make a real impact in the public sector. If you are a knowledge expert in your field or have an inspiring case study which would make an impact to Public Sector organisations, we would love to hear from you. Please email mariola@holyrood.com with your name and contact details, linkedin profile and a summary of your project or area or expertise and we will be in touch.

Venue

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Edinburgh. Find directions here

Dates
5 September 2019
Location
Crowne Plaza Hotel
18 Royal Terrace
Edinburgh
United Kingdom

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