WISE Webinar: More than providing period products: addressing women’s health in the social enterprise workplace

More than providing period products: addressing women’s health in the social enterprise workplace

WISE Ways to Lead: Supporting employees through menstruation, fertility issues, pregnancy and menopause should be fundamental to a well-run social enterprise. Find out how you can be a great employer for all your staff in our latest webinar. 

Providing access to period products is an “amazing thing to do” for your employees, but “only the tip of the iceberg” to properly address women’s health issues.

Last week’s WISE Ways to Lead webinar, run by Pioneers Post in partnership with NatWest, examined how social enterprises can manage health concerns specific to women at the same time as running efficient businesses that deliver on their social and environmental missions.

Elysha PaigeSpeaker Elysha Paige (pictured), programme manager at Bloody Good Employers (recent joint winners of this year’s Equality Award at the SE100 Awards 2023), highlighted that employers could not only offer period products, but also combat the stigma around discussing menstrual health and menopause in the workplace. 

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“Don’t underestimate the power and opportunity of doing this work,” she said. “For too long it’s been seen as a niche.”

For many years, women’s health has been overlooked by employers 

Laura Joffre of Pioneers Post, chairing the discussion, pointed out that a government survey in England found that only 35% of women felt comfortable talking about health issues at work. “For many years, women’s health has been overlooked by employers with little awareness of the impacts that various issues might bring to staff, the wider workforce, and business as a whole,” she said.

Chloe CorrChloe Corr (pictured), benefits and wellbeing manager at NatWest Group, shared several tips for making workplaces more accommodating to people experiencing fertility issues, menstruation and menopause. 

One study, she said, showed that 25% of women experiencing the menopause considered leaving the workforce entirely due to their symptoms and a lack of support.

“Lack of support can mean a loss of valuable female talent, can widen gender pay gaps and lead to increased absenteeism,” said Corr.

Watch the webinar video above to discover how your social enterprise can lead the way in addressing menstruation health, maternity leave, menopause and other women’s health issues. 

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