The Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber, in collaboration with The Menopause Hub, is leading the charge in making menopause-friendly workplaces a national priority. In honour of World Menopause Day, the D&WW Chamber recently organised a groundbreaking online workshop aimed at shedding light on menopause-related issues and fostering workplace environments that are more supportive and inclusive.

Chambers from across the nation were invited to join hands to invite their members to participate in this important event. The primary objective was to bring menopause-related concerns to the forefront, as this knowledge forms the basis for updating workplace policies and practices, seamlessly incorporating suggestions, and nurturing a company culture that prioritizes inclusivity and support. This endeavour ultimately ensures businesses can retain and attract a productive and content workforce.

According to data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) in 2019, women make up 46% of the labour force, underscoring the importance of acknowledging that every woman will eventually experience menopause. In a 2022 survey conducted by The Menopause Hub, it was revealed that 4 in 10 women would consider leaving their jobs due to menopause symptoms, leading to early exits from the workforce.

Jenny Beresford, the CEO of the Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber, explained the motivation behind this nationwide event. She stated, “Our Chamber was honoured with the ‘Event of The Year 2023’ award by Chambers Ireland for our ‘Menopause in the Workplace’ information session. This session provided invaluable information and support to numerous businesses on the topic of menopause in the workplace. We knew we were onto something, and that this topic is a relevant issue within the workforce, which inspired us to host it again on World Menopause Day 2023. We extended the invitation to all Chambers around the country, encouraging them to invite their members and executives to join this session with the aim of initiating a conversation about menopause in the workplace. Addressing this topic gives employers, managers, team leads, and HR professionals the opportunity to examine their workplaces and encourages constructive internal dialogues.”

The Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber is at the forefront of facilitating a deeper understanding of how to create menopause-friendly workplaces, and address issues such as workforce retention, dignity and equality in the workplace aligning with Sustainable Development Goals. These goals, comprising seventeen interconnected objectives, are designed to serve as a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, both now and in the future.

This award-winning Chamber represents a membership base of over 340 businesses, collectively employing approximately 4,600 individuals. It actively supports a diverse range of businesses in the region, from sole traders to large multinational corporations, covering areas such as Kilmacthomas, Ring, Ardmore, Lismore, Cappoquin, and Dungarvan. The Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber comprehends the challenges faced at every stage of the business journey and tirelessly works to overcome local and national barriers, effectively promoting Dungarvan & West Waterford as an outstanding place to live, work, and foster sustainable business growth across all sectors.

About the Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber: The Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber is an award-winning business organization dedicated to promoting and supporting businesses in the region. The Chamber is committed to addressing relevant issues and facilitating a positive business environment.