Channel 4 launches 'first employee menopause scheme'

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Channel 4 is set to unveil a policy to support employees going through the menopause.

The broadcaster says that it hopes to normalise the "taboo" subject with the policy, which it is understood is the first of its kind amongst UK media companies.

Under the scheme, support will be offered to employees who are experiencing menopausal symptoms.

Employees will be given a workspace assessment to establish whether their location is worsening symptoms like hot flushes.

They will be given access to private, cooler office space, as well as broader flexible working arrangements.

The policy has been developed by the broadcaster's internal organisation for gender equality, 4Women. The group's co-chair Jane English said: “We wanted to open up the conversation at Channel 4 and in doing so prompt the media industry to also start talking more about how they can better support women transitioning through menopause.” 

Alex Mahon, the Channel 4 chief executive, added: “This is Channel 4 living its remit, normalising a taboo subject by making it more visible, and we hope that 4Women’s fantastic work will inspire more in the industry to support women in their workplaces transitioning through the menopause.”

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