British pubcaster Channel 4 has launched its first-ever dedicated menopause policy, which includes paid leave and “flexible working arrangements” to employees experiencing menopause.
The broadcaster will provide a working environment assessment and access to a “private, cool and quiet space” to support menopause symptoms, which can include dizziness, fatigue, memory loss, heavy bleeding, reduced concentration and joint stiffness, among others.
C4 leadership teams will also participate in menopause awareness briefings.
The company’s human resources department now has a “Menopause Champion” in addition to its mental health employee network 4Mind and in-house gender equality staff network 4Women, which is responsible for the new policy.
4Women recently hosted “The M-Word” panel discussion at C4, chaired by Victoria MacDonald, news and social affairs correspondent at C4 News.
The panel featured Dorothy Byrne, head of news and current affairs, and the BBC’s Kristy Wark, who explored menopause in the documentary The Menopause and Me.
“Menopause doctor” Shahzadi Harper and Sharon Vibert from Henpicked Menopause in the Workplace also joined the panel.
“Too many women suffer in silence due to the stigma around the menopause. 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 it,” said Jane English, co-chair of 4Women, in a statement.