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McLean & Company’s Guide Empowers Leaders to Support Menopausal Staff in the Workplace

McLean & Company's Guide Empowers Leaders to Support Menopausal Staff in the Workplace
Menopause Impacts More Than Half the Workforce, but Menopausal Support in the Workplace Is Critically Lacking: New Insights From McLean & Company

As menopause gains attention in workplace discussions, McLean & Company has launched a new guide aimed at empowering people leaders to support menopausal staff effectively. The guide addresses the lack of awareness and resources in North American workplaces and offers actionable insights to foster an inclusive environment.

  1. The Importance of Menopausal Support in the Workplace
    • Menopause affects approximately half of the workforce.
    • North American workplaces lag behind regions like Northern Europe, New Zealand, and Australia in menopausal support.
  2. Understanding Menopause
    • Menopause is a natural life stage with varied symptoms affecting emotional, cognitive, and physical well-being.
    • The journey through menopause spans four phases: pre-menopause, perimenopause, menopause, and post-menopause.
  3. Being an Ally for Menopausal Staff
    • Michelle Courneyea emphasizes that menopause doesn’t diminish job performance.
    • Prioritizing inclusion benefits everyone and may require fine-tuning practices to meet individual needs.
  4. Five Key Actions for People Leaders
    • Inform: Challenge assumptions, consult resources, and conduct research.
    • Empathize: Build trusting relationships and create safe spaces for sharing experiences.
    • Understand Needs: Recognize unique menopause experiences and their impact on work.
    • Accommodate: Offer tailored support like flexible hours or modified working conditions.
    • Advocate: Champion menopausal awareness, educate the team, and celebrate ally behaviors.
  5. Overcoming Common Obstacles
    • Lack of awareness, confidence, and policies are challenges that can be overcome with intentional and inclusive approaches.
  6. Additional Resources and Opportunities
    • Access the full guide “Be an Ally for Menopausal Staff.”
    • Explore the spotlight resource “Overcoming the Taboo: Menopause in the Workplace.”
    • Attend free webinars or access the archive on McLean & Company’s website.
    • Earn professional development credits with SHRM, HRCI, and HRPA through selected webinars.
  7. Media Engagement
    • Media professionals can connect with McLean & Company analysts for insights on various workplace topics.

McLean & Company’s new guide provides a comprehensive resource for people leaders to understand and support menopausal staff effectively. By fostering awareness, empathy, and inclusivity, organizations can create a supportive environment where all employees feel valued and can thrive. With actionable strategies and additional resources, leaders are equipped to address the unique needs of menopausal employees and promote a culture of inclusivity and well-being.