Bank of Ireland offers workers paid menopause leave

Bank of Ireland Group is offering paid leave for women employees going through menopause, joining a growing list of companies trying to prevent women from exiting the workforce.

Employees will be able to take up to 10 days off a year if they experience physical or psychological symptoms related to menopause, the bank announced Wednesday.

The bank, which employs around 9,800 people worldwide, will also train managers on how to support colleagues going through menopause. Most of its employees are based in Ireland and the United Kingdom.

“We want to help our colleagues at all stages of their lives including the menopause,” Joanne Healy, the bank’s head of employee relations, said in a statement. “This will help us continue to build a work environment in which everyone is treated with fairness, dignity and respect,” she added.

The announcement was made during Ireland’s first ever Menopause Awareness Week and comes as a growing number of companies in Britain and Europe, including Danske Bank and Deloitte, introduce policies targeting menopause.



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