// Tesco launches new guide with Usdaw to raise menopause awareness in the workplace
// Tesco said it aims to increase confidence in all employees
Tesco has teamed up with trade union Usdaw to create a new guide which helps more women access menopause support in the workplace.
The guide aims to provide information to help increase awareness and understanding of menopause.
Tesco said it aims to increase confidence in all employees by having more conversations around menopause.
Tesco worker and Usdaw activist Helen King said: “I’m really pleased that by working together we have been able to develop a positive guide that will help support members who may be dealing with the menopause at work.
“This is a significant issue in retail where women are doing difficult and demanding jobs with little control over their working environment or hours of work. This will be an invaluable resource for reps, managers and colleagues alike.”
Usdaw National Officer, Daniel Adams said: “Usdaw has campaigned for better support and more openness about the menopause at work for a number of years and we welcome that this has been recognised by Tesco.
“Usdaw continues to campaign in this area and is holding a Round Table of union activists on 17 May to discuss the progress that we have already made and also identify how we can look to take this work forward.
“Working in customer facing roles, working nights, fluctuating shift patterns and a lack of awareness can aggravate menopause symptoms and make it more difficult for staff to raise the issue and ask for workplace adjustments.
“The menopause is a workplace issue and we will continue to work with employers on how we can support members through often simple adjustments to the working environment or working practices.”