Severn Trent leads on mainstreaming menopause support

Severn Trent Water has embarked on a programme of action to raise awareness of, and provide more support for, those experiencing menopause in the workplace.

The company held a workshop at its Coventry HQ for 90+ employees as well as representatives from other water companies on the subject, and will be following this up with a support guide for staff and regular future sessions.

Severn Trent’s Evelyn Dickey explained: “In the past the menopause might have been seen as a ‘taboo’ subject but we’re committed to changing that and making everyone aware of the support on offer.

“The changing age of our workforce means that more and more women are experiencing symptoms in the workplace, but we know that lots of people don’t feel comfortable talking about it with their line managers. We’re really passionate about changing that and this event was just the start. Our key message is that menopause is not a women's issue, everyone needs to know about it.

“As we move forward these sessions will become business as usual right across the company, so that we make sure all our staff have the knowledge and support they need – when they need it most.”