Vodafone is making a global commitment that will ensure its employees are supported during menopause, it was announced on 8 March to coincide with International Women’s Day. The new commitment will apply across all Vodafone markets and form part of the company’s broader strategy of supporting all employees through every life stage to create a culture of inclusion.
Vodafone published new independent research conducted by Opinium, surveying 5,012 people in five countries aged 18+ who had experienced menopause while at work. Opinium found that:
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Vodafone estimates that menopause currently affects around 15% of Vodafone’s 100,000 employees. To ensure that all Vodafone employees feel comfortable seeking support, Vodafone’s global commitment will introduce a balance of support and assistance, training and awareness.
This will include rolling out a training and awareness programme to all employees globally, including a toolkit focused on raising understanding of the menopause and providing guidance on how to support employees, colleagues and family members. Existing policies in local markets will also provide support including the ability to take leave for sickness and medical treatment, flexible working and care through Vodafone’s Employee Assistance.
Leanne Wood, Chief Human Resources Officer at Vodafone said: “Vodafone’s global commitment on menopause underscores our drive for a more inclusive culture and our desire for women to see Vodafone as the place to be for their career through all stages of their life. With menopause impacting women for a significant period of their working life, it’s important to us that our environment supports and normalises these life stages by openly talking about and supporting menopause in the workplace.”
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