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Menopause: respect and understanding in the workplace - digital event


An increasing number of women are citing the menopause as being a direct factor in unfair dismissal and sex discrimination claims at employment tribunal.

Join Acas and guest speakers as we discuss how businesses can support menopausal staff, adapt workplaces and promote a positive environment of openness and support.

Business need

Around two million women aged 50 and over have difficulties at work due to the physiological and psychological symptoms of the menopause and it is estimated that one in 20 women could go through an early menopause.

The effects of the menopause can lead to staff losing confidence in their ability to do their job or feeling stressed, anxious or depressed. It can also contribute to women deciding to leave their jobs early, or not seeking promotion.

Managers can find it difficult to discuss the menopause due to a lack of understanding and a fear that they may make the situation worse and employees can feel too embarrassed to seek support themselves.

With these factors in mind, it is key for businesses to promote understanding and to have support mechanisms within their workplaces. This event will help consider how to introduce these measures and the benefit they can have for your business and the individual.

This event will be delivered digitally via Zoom. There will be the opportunity for delegates to ask questions.

Suitable For

Delegates from all sectors of industry including: managers, supervisors, team leaders, HR professionals, business owners, Trade Union representatives, employee representatives and individuals who wish to enhance their CPD.


This digital conference will include the following speaker sessions:

  • Kate Nowicki (Director of Strategic Planning, Performance and Change, Acas) 
    Kate will discuss the role employers play in supporting their staff and the way in which Acas has sought to improve staff experience of menopause within the workplace. She will look at the support available from Acas, ranging from guidance through to training for people managers. 
  • Louise Minchin (Broadcaster and journalist)
    Louise is a well-known and respected broadcaster and journalist, who has used her platform to raise awareness on the impact of the menopause. Louise will be sharing her personal reflection on this and how vital it is for employers to take steps to support their employees.
  • Kate Muir, The Menopause Charity
    Kate is a campaigner and activist, she is also the producer of the Davina McCall menopause documentary for Channel 4 and her book “Everything you need to know about the menopause” is due out in January. Kate will be speaking for The Menopause Charity which works to improve women’s and healthcare professionals’ understanding of the menopause. She will discuss the impacts on individuals and introduce some of the support and resources available to both individuals and organisations that the charity can provide.
  • Dan Ellis (Director of People, OD and HR, Acas)
    Dan will discuss how important it is for people managers to recognise, appreciate and support colleagues through the menopause.  He will highlight the crucial position senior leadership play in creating a supportive and respectful working environment. 
  • Panel Discussion
    We will discuss the questions raised during the event and reiterate key points raised from speakers. 

Venue Delivered digitally via Zoom   Map (opens in new window)   Date 03/11/2021    Time 09:30 - 12:30   
Price £110.00 per person    Please note our training events are VAT exempt
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* Max of 4 delegates per organisation. Please call Acas on 0300 123 1150 or email if numbers exceed this or for more details about the training session.