Whilst Transport for London (TfL) does not have a dedicated policy in place, it has recently introduced guidance and support for line managers to raise this issue and outline how to better support those colleagues experiencing the menopause and its symptoms.
The guidance ensures colleagues at TfL experiencing the menopause are entitled to request suitable support and workplace adjustments. This could mean ensuring that the working environment is comfortable wherever possible, for instance with temperature-controlled areas, as well as flexible adjustments to the working day to accommodate the need to take breaks if symptoms become severe, time off to attend medical appointments, or suitable changes to work tasks when experiencing symptoms.
With the operational working environment at TfL providing distinct challenges to the one here at the GLA, this guidance is evolving as further feedback is received from colleagues and representatives.
The Women’s Staff Network Group have also established a ‘Menopause Hub’ where information, videos and other resources are available to colleagues who are either experiencing the menopause or are working alongside a colleague who is. There is now also a training course colleagues can take to further build awareness of the menopause and how they can support those around them experiencing it.