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John Lewis Accredited as a Menopause Friendly Employer


The retailer, which includes John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners, is the largest employee-owned business in the UK and employs more than 42,000 women.

It received accreditation after an evaluation by an independent Menopause Friendly organization.

John Lewis Partnership said menopause has been taboo in society for far too long and they want to create an inclusive culture where everyone feels able to talk about menopause and women get the support they need. need.

It has put in place a package of supports for partners at all stages of menopause, including advice for managers, information and advice on nutrition and health, access to free health support health and an in-house occupational health and well-being team.

John Lewis has also updated its flexible working and leave policies for partners going through menopause.

Commenting on her own experience, Lene Wood, store partner at John Lewis Kingston, said: “I started noticing a huge change in the way I felt in my mid-fifties and thought other partners might be going through the same thing, so I started a monthly “#HotFlushChat”, a support space where partners affected by menopause could come and talk openly about how they were feeling and share helpful tips.

“It’s great to see the company doing so much to support those affected by menopause, including an informative menopause site, healthcare practitioners to talk to, and a flexible policy to support and retain partners. “

Jog Hundle, Independent Panelist Menopause Friendly, said: “John Lewis Partnership has demonstrated excellent awareness, education and support for menopause within their organization, creating a culture where it is easy to talk about menopause and where a support is available. Well done to everyone involved.”

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