Menstrual and menopausal health is a highly publicized topic within the UK. However, organizations are losing critical talent due to underdeveloped policies which don’t adequately address the health needs of individuals within the workplace.
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Shaping best practice around menstruation and menopause in the workplace
Helping all organizations support employees experiencing menstruation, menstrual health and menopause through our inclusive and actionable guidance.
An urgent step towards workplace gender equity
Changing the conversation around a natural process
Menstruation and peri/menopause are natural bodily processes experienced by approximately 50% of the population, yet they have traditionally been stigmatized, overlooked and misunderstood - both within workplaces and wider society. Only a minority of UK workplaces have specific policies in place for helping individuals experiencing menstruation and menopause. This is putting job satisfaction, staff retention, and increased productivity at risk for businesses unless they can build an inclusive and equitable environment.
A groundbreaking workplace standard
To deliver more positive outcomes for women's rights at work, BS 30416 contains guidance around non-stigmatizing language, access to facilities, and menstruation and menopause advocates, as well as provisions for flexible working for more severe symptoms (e.g. those experiencing endometriosis). Other practical measures cover comfortable seating, fans at desks and alternative uniforms. Open communication between employees and managers are also encouraged to remove the workplace stigma around menstruation, menstrual health and menopause.
A more equitable and resilient workforce
The effect of menopause and menstruation on the workforce
of world's population (1 billion people) will experience menstruation or menopause by 2025.
women cite menopause as reason for leaving workforce.
of employees feel unable to talk openly about menstruation.
of respondents in Australia approved of taking menstrual leave.
Supporting women's rights in the workplace
We shape and embed best practice so that businesses can become future ready. As a global standards organization committed to delivering a positive impact for society, BSI empowers industries to deliver equitable workplaces worldwide.
Delivering equity through standards
Partner with us to create more inclusive and empowering workplaces through standards and guidance geared towards inclusive best practice.