In recognition of World Menopause Day (18 October), more than 30 staff came together over afternoon tea to talk about how we can all play a role in supporting and understanding colleagues going through the menopause.
Amanda Mannion, HR Policy and Project Manager, said: “Some amazing ideas of what we can do next were brought to the table at the event and we’ve been taking time to reflect on those over the weeks since the event.
“From sharing advice from our own academic experts to help people to better navigate the menopause, to looking at ways to maximise the use of our own facilities to enhance fitness and wellbeing in those experiencing the menopause. We want to continue with the momentum and continue to welcome further thoughts and ideas as to what we should do next.”
HR colleagues are keen to build up membership of a Menopause Matters group, bringing together staff from across academic and professional services to build upon the work already being undertaken. Contact the team via email with your suggestions or if you want to join the group.
To keep conversations moving forward around the menopause, provisional dates in January, April, July and October 2023 have been set for the next four menopause cafes. Anyone wishing to attend can book via the staff wellbeing events page.
The university recently shared its new Staff Menopause Policy which advises line managers on the support that can be easily provided for their team members. It also signposts places to seek additional support, both for those experiencing symptoms and those wishing to support colleagues or perhaps someone at home or outside of work going through the menopause.
Liz Cousins, Benefits & Wellbeing Business Services Assistant, said: “It was fantastic to be able to celebrate the launch of our new Menopause Policy and take time to share experiences. LJMU feel it’s really important to raise awareness and support our staff through the different stages of the menopause.
“With your help we can shape and develop the provision of support and events for our staff.”