Royal Mail and CWU agree ‘Menopause at Work’ guide

Health & Safety

A detailed guide for Royal Mail managers – Supporting women at work through the menopause – will be the first of its kind for the company when it launches later this month, reports CWU national health, safety and environment officer Dave Joyce.

 The guide, which is the result of lengthy discussion between the union and the business assisted by expert professional advice, has sections covering what the menopause is, how it affects women, how it might affect work, what managers need to do and key points to consider, as well as signposting further sources of information and guidance

“It’s good to see that menopause is increasingly being widely recognised as a potential occupational health and work problem and is no longer considered a ‘taboo’ subject,” said Dave.

“More awareness and some simple changes could make their working lives during this time much easier and that’s what the guide aims to do,” he continued, adding that this addresses a need which has been flagged up several times in CWU conference motions in recent years and also praising his counterpart at Royal Mail, head of health Rachel Boon for her “very positive role.”