Southeastern named as a ‘Menopause Friendly’ firm


SOUTHEASTERN railway has won accreditation as a ‘Menopause Friendly’ employer from an organisation that campaigns for the rights of women in the workplace.

The rail operator has been recognised for its efforts in introducing culture, policies and working practices that take into account the potential impact of the menopause on female staff.

The accreditation was awarded by Henpicked: Menopause in the Workplace.

Maureen Dominey, chair of the Women’s Network Group at Southeastern, said the company had launched its menopause policy in 2019, and was especially pleased to gain such recognition within a traditionally male-dominated industry.

“We have more than 500 female employees aged 40 or above, but it’s important to remember that it’s not just women that the menopause affects, it’s everyone around them as well,” she said.

Deborah Thomas, 57, a Health and Wellbeing Promotions Manager at Southeastern, was diagnosed as being in early menopause at the age of 38.

She explained that the company had adopted policies such as changes to uniforms and allowed flexible working patterns.

“Having an understanding employer and a workplace where menopause is openly discussed can make all the difference to how you’re able to cope with the symptoms.”

Henpicked CEO Deborah Garlick said Southeastern had succeeded in developing a policy for a very varied workforce.

“Southeastern had to find a strategy that would embrace all its staff, whether they are working at head office, in the depots, at the stations or on the trains.

“That is no small undertaking, but by shaping a bespoke policy and speaking to colleagues across all areas of the organisation, they were inclusive of everyone’s needs.”

For more information on Henpicked’s Menopause Friendly accreditation, visit:

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