Medtronic has gained menopause friendly accreditation as part of its efforts to “build a more inclusive culture”.
The global healthcare technology company, which employs 1,234 people in the UK and Ireland and 95,000 staff globally, received the recognition from an independent panel which assessed its effectiveness in six areas.
Established by Henpicked: Menopause in the Workplace, the accreditation was awarded for the organisation’s proven procedures and high standards. Assessors examined the employer’s policies and practices, engagement, culture, training, facilities and evaluation.
Jacqui Godfrey, women’s health team member at Medtronic, said: “We wanted women to see Medtronic as a place for their career throughout all the stages of their life while also wanting men to feel included, and a part of our learning experience to allow them to support their partners, families and colleagues.”
Beverley Herrick, women’s health team member at Medtronic, added: “Being menopause friendly has brought a very positive experience which is uniting our workforce: our work is ongoing as we continue to learn and to support in new ways.”
The company is particularly proud of three main actions, including: removing the stigma attached to the menopause and other women’s health issues; establishing a network where people can support and learn from each other; and developing a strong foundation to for current and future employees.
Deborah Garlick, CEO of Henpicked: Menopause in the Workplace, said: “The commitment to educate and support all their staff really shines through at Medtronic. The enthusiasm with which the organisation and workforce has embraced menopause friendly accreditation clearly demonstrates how important this issue is and how much of a difference to people’s lives it is making.”
Samantha Hall from Medtronic’s senior leadership team concluded: “Going the one step further to gain menopause friendly accreditation has been so worthwhile. This commitment is the right thing to do all of our employees and is central to our overall wellness strategy at Medtronic.”