Infertility in the workplace
Is your organisation a progressive organisation that really cares about Employee Wellbeing & Mental Health?
Is your organisation passionate about retaining talent, equality, and gender balance?
Infertility is a medical condition, defined by the World Health Organisation, and statistics show that it impacts 1 in 6 couples. Many people bring this problem with them to work every day.
Research has shown the stress levels, in terms of anxiety and depression, associated with struggling to get pregnant over a prolonged period (2 – 3 years) are as high as those struggling with a potentially terminal illness. This can result in increased absenteeism and it can impact performance & potential. Socially it can make work challenging too (we all love baby news – until you struggle to have one!). There is policy & practice is in place to support families when there is a new addition or when parental leave is needed, but what about those trying to conceive and to start or grow their families when it is not straight forward? What about the LGBT community? What about single women choosing to have a family alone? The list goes on and the reality is it can be a life crisis for those employees.
So, what can employers do to help? If you answered yes to the two questions above, you could put a simple fertility treatment policy in place and offer external independent confidential support to your employees. There is a strong business case for Organisations to do so and it will also dovetail with Wellness, Family Friendly, Diversity & Equality Agendas. It is not about funding for treatment but about raising awareness, understanding and acknowledging this as another aspect of life that needs support.
As a HR Professional and Personal, Business & Executive Coach who has extensive personal experience with Infertility I am uniquely positioned to understand the challenges that both Organisations and Employee’s face in relation to this sensitive issue.
My Services Include;
One to One Coaching
- For employees struggling with fertility related challenges, to give them much needed support and skills to cope, minimizing the impact of infertility on their lives, at home and at work.
Corporate Awareness Consultations & Policy Guidance
- The business case for putting a sound policy & practice in place
- Understanding the impact of fertility problems on your employees
- Overview of what fertility treatment entails
- Manager training – how to support employees