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Hospitality urged to tackle menopause stigma

An independent nightclub is calling on UK hospitality businesses to join its pledge in fighting the stigma surrounding menopause in the workplace.

The Night Owl is looking to improve the working environment for those going through menopause

Birmingham and London-based nightclub operator The Night Owl is working towards eradicating prejudice that surrounds menopause in the hospitality sector.

The business said there is no legal requirement to protect employees who experience symptoms of menopause. As such, the firm is aiming to promote a more supportive working environment for hospitality staff workers in the UK.

Patricia Colden, a human resources specialist from Burley Law, which provides services for The Night Owl, said: “Menopause is a natural part of every woman’s life. It isn’t always an easy transition and can be a significant issue in the workplace for those affected. Each symptom has the potential to affect an employee’s comfort and performance at work.

“We know that implementation of this policy is the right thing to do for The Night Owl’s current and future team members.”

Symptoms of menopause include hot flushes, night sweats, anxiety, dizziness, fatigue, memory loss, depression, mood swings, panic attacks, insomnia, headaches, reduced concentration, and heavy periods.

Colden continued: “Without these types of policies in place, businesses risk losing valuable employees whose maturity and experience are key to their teams and departments. They must act now.”

Arith Liyange, CEO and founder of The Night Owl, recently announced that the hospitality sector has a responsibility to ensure women are safe, and consistent measures should be put in place across the industry.

The comments were made following a £17.7 million (US$21.8m) pledge by London mayor Sadiq Khan to improve accessibility to rescue and support services for women.

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