Specsavers has been awarded Menopause in the Workplace accreditation in recognition of its support for affected employees relevant training for staff.
The Menopause Friendly Accreditation was established by Henpicked: Menopause in the workplace to recognise high standards and proven practices that embrace menopause in the workplace.
The accreditation follows Specsavers’ launch of MenoTalk in 2022. The initiative is a colleague-led menopause community network designed to provide members with a safe space to discuss, listen and share their menopause experiences. The group regularly meets to share feedback to help build a menopause-friendly working environment.
“We set up our MenoTalk colleague group to give everyone affected by menopause a safe, confidential space where members can share experiences and get practical advice,” said Louise Furby and Carolin Millken, MenoTalk group co-chairs.
“Being awarded the Menopause in the Workplace accreditation is testament to the supportive environment this has created. We look forward to continuing to expand on the advice, support and education throughout the business,” they added.
To achieve the accreditation, employers are assessed by an independent panel and must demonstrate evidence of their effectiveness in culture, policies and practices, training, engagement, facilities and evaluation.
Deborah Garlick, founder and CEO of Henpicked: Menopause in the Workplace, said: “Specsavers has done exceptionally well to achieve the Menopause Friendly Accreditation and deserves credit for the success of its MenoTalk programme. We know that open discussions, supportive conversations and creating a psychologically safe environment are key to making lasting and meaningful change for colleagues.”
Garlick added: “I have no doubt that Specsavers colleagues will feel the benefit of it being a menopause-friendly employer and hope this positivity will cascade to its customer community as well.”