14 August 2023
Anchor achieves Menopause Friendly Accreditation
Anchor is proud to have achieved the Menopause Friendly Accreditation from Menopause in the Workplace.
The accreditation has been given in recognition of Anchor's commitment to inclusive practices and supporting colleagues experiencing perimenopause and menopause.
The Menopause Friendly Accreditation is industry-recognised, and highlights organisations which are taking positive, tangible steps to embrace menopause in the workplace to establish a working environment that sets colleagues up for success in their career. Ensuring that organisations are putting words into action on the issue will have a significant impact and allow everyone to continue to contribute valuable skills and expertise to their place of work, no matter what stage of life they are at.
As part of its commitment to becoming a menopause friendly employer, Anchor has created dedicated online pages which provide a space for colleagues to openly discuss menopause and share resources. Senior leaders at the organisation are also actively engaged with a menopause workplace group and a specific e-learning course has been developed that all managers, colleagues and support teams have access to.
In addition, Anchor is passionate about highlighting the importance of regular check ins on wellbeing, encouraging discussions about subjects including menopause and making sure that the health and care of all colleagues is taken seriously while recognising where reasonable adjustments can be made to support them in their career.
Sarah Jones, Chief Executive at Anchor, said:
The happiness and wellbeing of our colleagues is, and always has been, a priority at Anchor. So, we’re really proud to achieve the accreditation as a Menopause Friendly Employer in recognition of the excellent programmes we have in place, and the dedication of our team to making sure everyone feels welcomed and supported in their role.
We’ve had great feedback from colleagues on our wellbeing initiatives and are committed to listening to their needs to make sure we can continue to meet these in the future.
Deborah Garlick, CEO of Henpicked: Menopause in the Workplace, said:
Anchor’s Menopause Friendly Accreditation is richly deserved in recognition of its comprehensive approach to providing support, open conversations, accessible resources and senior management engagement in helping colleagues work through their menopause.
As one of our Menopause Friendly members, we hope Anchor’s success will encourage other care providers to follow their excellent example.
By achieving the Menopause Friendly Accreditation, Anchor has joined a group of pioneering employers who are passionate about increasing workplace equality and making long-term change in the way people think and act to bolster an inclusive environment for their colleagues.
Ruth Bishop, 47, Care Quality Advisor at Anchor, was supported by her line manager when experiencing perimenopause. She says:
My line manager used Anchor’s menopause resources and they were a fantastic prompt for discussion. While this isn’t something my line manager had direct experience in or had supported someone in before, he was really open to having discussions, listened and even did his own research.
Understanding that people have different experiences of menopause, and therefore need different support, is key. I needed that understanding. Our workplace group ‘Let’s Talk Menopause’ supports frank conversations and has allowed colleagues to share their own experiences and get support.
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