Menopause at Work
Is it time to address menopause in your workplace?
Do you think it’s time to address menopause in your workplace, but you aren’t sure how to protect women’s privacy, and avoid feeding gendered ageism, in the process?
Are you interested to learn more about this significant life passage, the benefits it offers and how workplaces can support the transition?
Do you already know that becoming menopause-friendly will strengthen your gender equality and inclusion ethos, and you just want to get started?
Why is menopause a workplace issue?
Women aged 45 years and over comprise 17% of the Australian workforce. Also, the participation rate of women aged 55-64 is growing.
Breaking the workplace silence on this natural life stage that all women experience, is a humane thing to do.
To help ensure that your organisation is offering its staff a safe, healthy and discrimination-free workplace.
Improved productivity and staff retention. Research shows that women who have a supportive relationship with their supervisors, experience fewer symptoms. Menopause -friendly organisations also report brand enhancement, validating their stated commitment to gender equity or diversity and inclusion.
Registration closes 13th December!
The Training is informed by:
- La Trobe and Monash University’s research conducted over the last six years, into the needs of working women transitioning through menopause,
- Thea’s own qualitative research, involving 1-1 interviews with 30 Australian women, conducted last year, and
- A UK study that evaluated an online menopause training for almost 100 managers, which resulted in increased awareness, knowledge and confidence in talking about menopause. Maturitas 120 (2019) 83–89.
As a pilot participant:
- You will be interviewed by Thea before the program to identify your key needs.
- You’ll get extra special attention as I’ll be working hard to make sure you get value from the program.
- You will be willing to offer constructive feedback for the sake of those to come.
- Know that you will be playing a really valuable role in helping us better cater to the needs of midlife working women.
Why Join This Ground Breaking Program?
Because it's time to end the silence about this natural life-stage that 50% of humanity experiences.
This E-learning pilot equips workplace managers and supervisors with the knowledge, confidence and tools to support female employees through the menopausal transition, should women wish this, in order to help women maintain their health and remain successful in their roles.
Who is this training suitable for?
Men and women
Workplace managers and supervisors
People in charge of leadership development for women in the workplace, gender equity or diversity and inclusion, people and culture.
What you'll gain:
Understand what menopause is
Understand what menopause is, the range of ways it affects women and the reasonable workplace adjustments that can be made to support women.
Feel more confident and skilled in having a comfortable and constructive workplace conversation that will support women’s effectiveness at work and personal wellbeing.
Be clear about the responsibilities
Be clear about the responsibilities of the workplace, of managers and of employees.
Be more alert
Be more alert to cultural stereotypes that have stigmatized this natural stage in the life cycle.
You’ll discover that a menopause friendly workplace is actually good for everyone as some of the top issues that menopausal working women struggle with, such as fatigue, mental health symptoms or insomnia, will also affect a significant proportion of your workforce.
This training fits well within existing frameworks for promoting mental health in the workplace.
Registration closed 13th December, 2019
Here is what you get:
Each module entails a short video ( 5 – 10 min max), pdf fact sheet and a takeaway exercise to translate learning into action.
2 x live webinars for questions, trouble shooting and to share group wisdom.
Unlimited support from Thea during the pilot via phone or email.
A private online forum will allow you to meet other workplace practitioners and tap into their experience.
A follow up one month later to check how the topic has been received in your workplace.
In addition, you will takeaway these resources for ongoing use:
- An E-Book on self-care for working women, outlining practical ways women can support themselves and their work effectiveness. This booklet can be used by managers to provide ideas, and also offered to individual employees as well.
- An excellent suite of templates for the workplace, developed by Monash University. These includes topics such as : Gauging if your workplace is menopause friendly, ideas for reasonable adjustments and a conversation tool for managers and employees.
- A curated library of Personal stories from women working through menopause.
Welcome interview with Thea to clarify learning needs.
Thinking about where the menopausal transition could be embedded into existing policies.
Wk 1 – 2 Complete first 4 modules online at own pace
1. The Wisdom of life’s cycles and the benefits of honouring them.
2. Is menopause really a workplace issue? The business case and how to address resistance or concern from colleagues.
3. Menopause Basics: what is menopause, what are the symptoms and how do they affect work? We cover the upside as well as the downsides.
4. What women say they want in the workplace context.
End of Wk 2
LIVE WEBINAR: Q&A, trouble shooting, sharing learnings
Wk 3 – 4 Complete next 5 online modules at own pace
5. Stigma makes you sick(er) - exposing the gendered ageism that can create stigma around menopause.
6. Preparing for a workplace conversation.
7. What are some reasonable adjustments that can be made for menopause?
8. A comfortable conversation – what does it sound like?
End of Wk 4 Wrap up
9. Review of Guiding Principles and where to from here? LIVE WEBINAR: Q&A, trouble shooting, sharing learnings
Registration closed 13th December, 2019
Limited places available in this program
$250 (+ GST)
Includes recordings and lifetime access to resources ( latest research, videos, articles and takeaway resources) plus 1-1 contact with Thea between webinars as needed
When I move forward with the finalised program next year and open it up to workplaces more broadly, the cost will be $400 per manager.
The cost of this pilot, is just $250 pp. It’s a limited offer as I won’t be offering this pilot again. And to make sure everyone gets enough time/attention I’m limiting the group size.
It’s first in first served and registrations closes December 13th, 2019
Meanwhile, here are some resources to help you start thinking about why we need to make menopause a normal workplace conversation, and how you can do this
They are FREE. Just click on the download button below each resource.
How to talk to your boss
The case for becoming a menopause friendly workplace
Reducing stigma associated with menopause and starting workplace conversations.
Working Women’s Voices. A report summarising themes emerging from 1-1 interviews with Australian women transitioning through menopause at work.
Fill out the enrolment form here.
We'll send you an invoice within 24 hours for $250 pp + GST.
To secure payment in the program you will need to pay within 14 days.
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Take a moment to complete the on-boarding survey.
You can expect a call from Thea for your pre-program interview.
Mark the program dates in your 2020 calendar.