Menopause awareness at Network Rail
A growing menopause awareness across workplaces and organisations is leading to much-needed changes for women experiencing symptoms, but there’s still a long way to go. Luckily for the staff at Network Rail, Kerry Leigh was on hand to deliver a menopause webinar to help everyone understand the impact that it can have on women in the workplace.
The discussion had started internally, when a female executive working in an all-male team openly shared her challenging menopause experience that sometimes made her feel like she wasn’t ‘on top of her game’. As a result, leaders agreed it was important to start conversations around the ‘M’ word to increase understanding of the impact it can have on working women.
Laughologist, Kerry Leigh, quizzed the audience with some fun questions to debunk myths and stereotypes on the menopause, particularly around symptoms, gender and sexuality. The webinar was incredibly popular with a high attendance, and the ‘chat’ on MS Teams became alive with people sharing their personal experiences and solutions.
As a result of the webinar, people learned that there’s so much more to the menopause than hot flushes, and that the menopause experience can vary from person to person. Other top takeaways were:
- the importance of using solution-focused language to keep conversations positive
- coping mechanisms, so that women felt more confident to seek support to manage their symptoms
- practical ideas to implement in the workplace (virtual and on-site) to help support women who were feeling the impact
Male attendees, as well as women who were yet to experience the menopause, commented on what an eye-opener the session was and the importance of keeping the conversation going.
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