October is designated as World Menopause Awareness month by The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Menopause Society.

It is, therefore, the perfect time for us to show our employees that this is an aspect of their health that Taylor Lane cares about and takes very seriously.

More than 80% of women, trans men and some non-binary people will experience the symptoms of the menopause at some point in their lives, and with 25% of these experiencing symptoms classed as severe, it is not something that should be ignored. It is equally important to not forget about those who, although won’t go through the menopause and suffer from the symptoms themselves, will still be indirectly affected due to relatives and/or friends who will.

Taylor Lane has signed up to a pledge and has committed to:

  • Recognise that the menopause can be a workplace issue, and to make sure that support is available.
  • Talk openly, positively, and respectfully about the menopause.
  • Actively support and inform employees who are affected, either directly or indirectly.

We have made information on the subject (available in a number of different languages) easily accessible to all of our employees, and have made it clear that they will be supported by their line managers if they are struggling.

In addition to this, we have 3 ACAS-trained Menopause Ambassadors who are available to talk with anyone who may need it:

Dawn Nicholls – Contracts Office Manager

Liam Hale – Construction Director

Katy Hall – HR Manager

Menopause should not be taboo or ‘hidden’. We want everyone to understand what it is, to be able to recognise the symptoms, and to be able to talk about them openly, without embarrassment.