Survey seeks views from across policing on menopause
18 October 2018
To mark World Menopause Day, 18 October 2018, the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) has today launched its first national survey entitled “EveryonePause” to address an important issue that affects the entire workforce – the menopause.
Menopause can affect both men and women because the severity of symptoms and the impact that they can have on both the personal and working lives of women varies considerable from woman to woman. It can have an impact on not only them but also their work colleagues, and in particular line managers who are unsure how best to support women coping with the issue. With an increasingly ageing workforce, and different policies in place across police forces, there is a growing recognition that more needs to be done to fully understand the impact of the menopause in the workplace.
This is the first survey of this kind to be launched across policing and will be supported by a number of stakeholders and working groups.
Leading on the initiative for the Federation, women’s lead, Hayley Aley said: “Across PFEW, women representatives have reported that there is a growing issue of officers and staff across all forces receiving varying levels of support at this difficult time in their lives.
"We are all working for longer and in differing roles and this transition can have a huge effect and impact greatly on capabilities within the workplace. To support organisations in realising the scope and scale of issues around the menopause, we are asking officers, staff and line managers for their support with this survey – it’s not solely about personal experiences - we want to understand what line managers and senior leaders are aware of around this subject. It is anticipated that the findings will help with education, understanding and support for all.
“Senior leaders have a responsibility for the welfare and wellbeing of their workforce, and to support individuals appropriately when they need it. The purpose of this survey is to give us the evidence to provide leaders to action what needs to change, to ensure forces provide the right support and guidance to all. This will ultimately give confidence to individuals that when it is their turn to face this transition, if needed, appropriate support and adjustments can be identified."
To take part in the survey, please contact your local branch board.
Chair John Apter encourages members to take part in the Menopause Survey and give their feedback.