'The change’ as an issue affecting a large proportion of the workforce. However, it is still considered a taboo subject by many businesses. 10% of women quit their jobs because of their menopause experience and many others suffer in silence because they feel it is not a subject to be broached, or that they will not be taken seriously.
Businesses have traditionally been squeamish about addressing issues raised by the menopause. However, as the UK workforce ages, discussion must open up.
The Laugholoy menopause workshop tackles the issues head-on and allows businesses to start the menopause debate in an open, engaging, non-threatening and fun way. It helps men and women talk openly and honestly about the challenges menopause presents. It addresses misconceptions and provides information on the workplace implications of the process, covering areas such as symptoms, the impact of hormone replacement therapy and gender misconceptions. Most importantly it gives organisations the opportunity to think about support structures for their menopausal staff to allow them to continue to be engaged and productive team members.
Making improvements in your workplace
Workshop benefits include:
- reduced absenteeism
- increased well-being
- improved organisation and working practices
Women comprise approximately half (47 percent) of the UK’s workforce. About 3.5 million are aged 50 and over. Occupational health issues for older workers in general, and older women workers in particular, have often been ignored.
Thousands of female workers experience key menopause symptoms such as:
- hot flushes
- irregular periods
- mood swings
- poor memory
Bespoke menopause awareness programme for your organisation
Our workshops educate and inform about the challenges and myths around the menopause and investigate best practice on how to support people and help them continue effectively in their roles.
We have years of expertise in delivering workshops which address sensitive subjects in an engaging and fun way. Our unique approach promotes audience interaction and openness. It allows conversations to flow, questions to be asked and opinions to be challenged in a safe and non-judgemental forum.
We have worked on various public health messages, including obesity, long-term illness, sex education and bereavement. We have delievered training to the private sector on subjects such as racism, unconscious bias, sexism and ageism. We have a history of making scientific and psychological information accessible. We devise practical, cost-efficient solutions that can be easily embedded.
West Midlands Police Service
In 2016 we delivered a series of workshopss for West Midlands Police Force called The M Word. The sessions were well-attended by both male and female officers and support staff. Comments included:
‘This is the best information sharing workshops I have ever attended.’
‘The buzz following the workshops was fantastic and they went down so well, we’ve now secured extra funding from the PMAS to deliver some more.’
‘I’m so grateful we are actually talking about this. What a great session. I learnt so much about myself.’
The 60 to 90-minute interactive awareness session will help enhance thinking and highlight some of the challenges faced by women and men during menopause. It will investigate positive steps to help manage these.
The session will explore the neuroscience and biological science of menopause to helps managers, leaders, teams and individuals understand the condition and how it can be supported.
The sessions include:
- The science and neuroscience of brain and body changes during menopause
- An understanding of the menopause and the challenges it presents
- Exploration of practical communication to help women and men talk about the menopause
- Exploration of psychological theories such as The Pygmalion effect in relation to beliefs about gender abilities and working with older women
- Coaching and thinking models to help promote positive decision making, reflective thinking and support
- Insights into gender neuroscience and myths about the male and female brain
- Q & A to address concerns, anxieties and uncertainties and to open up conversations
Aims of the workshop
The workshop will give a greater insight into the challenges and provide practical solutions to menopause. It allows for a greater understanding of how beliefs based on myth and culture can affect how we treat others and the impact this can have on well-being.
It will deliver tangible, practical techniques for managers, leaders and individuals to enable positive behaviours that promote positive thinking and communication around the challenges of menopause.
- An insight into how menopause impacts on women
- An understanding of how to communicate sensitively about health issues relating to the menopause
- Understanding conscious and subconscious judgements and the impact they have
- Techniques for inclusivity and balance when decision-making
- An understanding of the myths and facts of the male and female brain
- An understanding of how projected beliefs about brain gender differences impact on empathy and behaviors
- Practical ways to help enhance awareness and aid a more comfortable working environment for those affected by menopause
- Suggested ways to expand learning and a commitment to change
Laughology menopause awareness sessions will benefit your workforce and help the progression and resilience of your organisation. They can be structured around the needs and size of your workforce - and we guarantee that menopause awareness has never been so much fun.
Use the contact form below to ask us a question or call 0844 800 1701 to speak to one of the Laughology team today.