The John Lewis Partnership becomes menopause friendly accredited employer
The John Lewis Partnership has been awarded Menopause Friendly employer accreditation.
The Menopause Friendly’s independent panel of experts made the move to recognise how the retailer has created an inclusive culture “where everyone feels able to talk about the menopause and women are given the support they need”.
The John Lewis Partnership employs over 42,000 women.
Lene Wood, a partner at John Lewis’ Kingston store, said: “I began to notice a huge change in how I was feeling in my mid-50s, and thought that other partners might be going through similar, so I started a monthly ‘#HotFlushChat’.
“It’s great to see that the business is doing so much to support those affected by the menopause, including an informative menopause site, health practitioners to talk to and a flexible policy to support and retain partners.”
The partnership has introduced a package of support for partners at all stages of the menopause. This includes guidance for managers, nutrition and health information and advice, access to free mental health support and support from an in-house occupational health and wellbeing team.
It has also updated its policies on flexible working and taking time off work.
Carolyn Harris MP, chair of All Party Parliamentary Group on Menopause, said: “By introducing some simple changes employers like The John Lewis Partnership will benefit from being able to retain experienced and loyal employees at the peak of their careers.
“It is wonderful to see the menopause finally being taken seriously and I am delighted that the commitment that The John Lewis Partnership have made, has been recognised and that they have been accredited as a Menopause Friendly Employer.”
Jog Hundle, Menopause Friendly independent panel member and partner at Mills & Reeve LLP, added: “We’re delighted to see the John Lewis Partnership achieve our Menopause Friendly Accreditation. Their application was outstanding and they’ve made such a difference for their colleagues.”
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