We need to talk about money and menopause

Kathy Abernethy

Kathy Abernethy

A way in which to navigate this is by providing new health tech tools that connect employees to certified health professionals through video and chat.

The professionals give them day-to-day guidance on managing symptoms as well as related conversations at work, at home and with their GP.

Building up a bank of high-quality resources for employees is also helpful, not only in supplying teams with information that can help them, but in flipping the narrative and demonstrating that menopause should be talked about.

This was the case for Santander, which recently started a pilot scheme and gave a group of employees access to one-to-one chats and video appointments with practitioners, vetted resources and tailored mental wellbeing support.

After just four weeks, 76 per cent of the enrolled employees said their menopause symptoms had improved and 90 per cent felt more positive about Santander as an employer.

Following the pilot, Santander rolled out our support for all its 20,000 UK employees and their partners.

Good employers know that any issues facing their teams are their problems too.

Menopause is one such issue and if leaders want to get their best from employees, they need to start understanding and addressing its symptoms. Taking a business to the next level means swapping menopause silence for support.

Kathy Abernethy is director of menopause services at Peppy