Greene King has implemented a new menopause and menstruation policy with an aim to strengthen its “wellbeing commitment to its team members throughout their career and life stages”.
The policy, which was launched to coincide with World Menopause Day on 18 October, intends to normalise conversations and enable staff and line managers to effectively support one another by providing guidance.
Greene Sky, the pub and brewing company’s female-led employee inclusion team, helped fast track the scheme after a number of listening sessions which highlighted a need for more understanding, awareness and practical support.
The group’s work also prompted a clothing review, which resulted in the business investing in new breathable and menopause-friendly workwear.
According to the retailer, there is now also scope for reasonable adjustments to be made on a case-by-case basis, including some flexibility regarding working times and regular breaks, which can help individuals better manage symptoms.
Greene King’s chief people and transformation officer, Andrew Bush, said: “We recognise there is not a one-size-fits-all approach as people have different experiences of menopause and menstruation.
“What we have done is listen to what our team members say about their experiences, how they want any stigma removed and for these topics to be part of an everyday conversation when needed. It’s about being open and honest about menopause and period health, how it affects people and how we can support people throughout their lives.”
Employees also have access to a number of online learning resources, including the new Menopause and Menstruation Guide, and its awareness campaign will continue within the organisation.
Bush added: “This is more than just a new policy as it is designed to signpost the support there is around team members’ wellbeing when it is needed and build ongoing awareness to increase everybody’s understanding and normalise conversations about menopause. We are working hard and listening to our teams to keep learning and building on our success as a leading hospitality employer and addressing our policies to keep a focus on the wellbeing of our people.”
Launching the initiative, Greene King pubs managing director, Clair Preston-Beer hosted a panel discussion about normalising conversations which included guest Helen Tomlinson, the Government’s Menopause Champion and head of talent and inclusion at Adecco.
After the session, Helen Tomlinson said: “I applaud Greene King on this new policy and its action to raise awareness of menopause and show meaningful support to its team members. The more people understand, the better it will be for everyone as it will remove the stigma and normalise menopause.”
According to Greene King, the new policy is just the “first step” in supporting employees in this area.