• Sat. May 14th, 2022

Wolves launch first menopause policy to support staff wellbeing

The policy has been designed to raise awareness of the transition to menopause, while providing information and support to those directly or indirectly affected, including employees, their managers and other colleagues.

Menopause is a natural event in most women’s lives, usually between the ages of 45 and 55 and usually lasts between four and eight years, during which they stop menstruating and experience hormonal changes such as a decrease estrogen levels.

This can often feel very isolating and many people are reluctant to let anyone know, especially in the workplace and therefore do not have access to the best support available.

However, as a pack, Wolves are committed to developing a working culture that supports its staff through menopause and for them to feel confident in raising issues about their symptoms and asking for additional support and reasonable adjustments at work.

The policy was written by Wolves health protection nurse Michelle Rich, who said: “Football has been a predominantly male dominated activity, although that is now changing, and many female staff Wolves had male managers and perhaps didn’t feel they could talk to them about it, because unless you’re menopausal, you don’t know much about it.

“Menopause is sometimes viewed a little lightheartedly, when in reality it could be a serious issue. Staff may be too scared to say they need to see a GP when they have symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, mood swings and changes in the menstrual cycle, when blood tests and medications can help them and improve their work-life balance.

“We also need to look at the mental health aspect of our staff because if they are going through menopause they might not sleep or experience other symptoms and then they have to come to work, but this policy will give them greater flexibility.

“If there is a problem, this policy is in place to support not only staff who are going through menopause, but also managers who might need a little more information on how to ensure their staff are supported. in the best possible way.”

The Wolves menopause policy follows the introduction of the club’s ‘Pause to Chat’ support group, set up last year by Kerri Davies and Lin Kennings, which provides advice, support and education to all members staff, not just to those going through menopause, but those who may be working or living with someone who has symptoms.

Michelle said: “Pause to Chat is one of the most supportive groups I’ve ever been involved with. Lin and Kerri welcomed everyone and although they had confidential chats, it all depends on how they support each other, and the advice and experiences that are provided have helped change people’s lives.

“The menopause policy and the Pause to Chat group are just some of the absolutely amazing things the club is doing to make Wolves a very happy place to work.

“It’s great that we have gone from a small support group to a policy that was approved so quickly and efficiently. It just shows that the club really care about their staff and their health and well-being.

Zoe Brough, Human Resources Director and Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Wolves, added: “The introduction of a menopause policy is a vitally important step for the club in part of our ongoing commitment to provide the best possible support to our employees across the workforce.

“We are all very proud of the work Michelle did to write the policy and Kerri and Lin for moving the Pause to Chat support group forward as they help pave the way for more women to feel comfortable enough to be their best, authentic themselves in wolves.

The Wolf Menopause Policy can be found here.