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!
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.
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
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
11:25 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
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.
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