Edelman UK & Ireland introduces paid 'time-out days' for menopause

Edelman UK & Ireland has announced a new workplace policy offering an additional 10 paid 'time-out days' each year for anyone experiencing menopause or supporting someone going through it.

Edelman UK & Ireland introduces paid 'time-out days' for menopause

Under the agency's new Menopause Policy, Edelman will also support any changes to working environments to make them more comfortable. In addition, as part of its Flexible Working Policy, employees can make a permanent change to their working pattern to accommodate the impact of the wide range of symptoms, the company said.

Edelman has also partnered healthcare and wellbeing service Peppy to provide one-to-one support via an app, with access to practitioners and specialist programmes to support people with menopausal symptoms, alongside other services relating to fertility and parenthood.

Ruth Warder, general manager and chief client officer at Edelman UK & Ireland, said: “The menopause can present a challenging period in women’s lives. By creating this policy and encouraging openness around the topic we hope to change the status quo. We also know from experiences shared that having a robust support system and an open dialogue is something women going through the menopause need and want."

Edelman is not the first PR employer to introduce or codify a policy relating to the menopause. PR agency Don't Cry Wolf, winner in the Small Agency category at the PRWeek UK Best Places to Work Awards 2020, has a 'menopause clause' written into employee contracts. It offers support for staff who are affected, including time off and access to mental-health support when needed.

Edelman said its Menopause Policy builds on recent employee initiatives at the firm, including a Fertility Policy, which offers a number of days to employees going through fertility treatment, and a policy aimed at providing physical and emotional support to employees affected, directly or indirectly, by the loss of a pregnancy.

Last year, the firm said it enhanced its maternity, adoption and shared parental leave policies by making them gender-neutral and offering five months’ leave at full pay to any new parent.

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