Unum UK Signs Menopause Workplace Pledge

Unum UK joins over 1,000 employers who have signed the Menopause Workplace Pledge to support the Wellbeing of Women campaign, including The Federation of Small Businesses and NHS England.

According to recent research, almost 900,000 women in the UK have quit their jobs due to the menopause[1]. Unum signed the pledge to encourage open and respectful conversations about menopause symptoms, remove the taboo around women’s health and actively support female employees in the workplace to reduce stress and improve productivity.

Unum’s recently partnered with private health care provider Bupa to offer all employees with female reproductive organs free access to its Menopause Plan including:

  • 45 minutes with an experienced menopause trained doctor to help identify symptoms, answer concerns and advise on treatments or next steps
  • A 15-minute check-in 12 weeks later to talk through changes and improvements
  • 24/7 anytime health line for unlimited nurse advice for 12 months following their first appointment

In addition, all employees and their partners can access a menopause-trained GP via Help@hand, Unum’s award-winning health and wellbeing app. The remote service allows them to book an appointment 24/7 with a GP after narrowing down their choice of doctor to those with a specialty in female reproductive health and/or menopause.

Jane Hulme, HR Director at Unum UK commented:

“Menopause is a natural part of life, and we recognize that it can have an impact on wellbeing in the workplace. We are proud to support our colleagues so that we nurture and retain the best talent and allow our employees to bring their whole selves to work.”

[1] https://committees.parliament.uk/work/1416/menopause-and-the-workplace/


About Unum UK

Unum is a leading employee benefits provider offering financial protection through the workplace including: Group Income Protection, Life Insurance, Critical Illness, and Corporate Dental cover.

We are committed to workplace wellbeing for both employees and employers. We have a wide range of tools designed to help businesses of all sizes create or enhance their employee wellbeing strategies, including our award-winning Help@hand app powered by Square Health, which offers employees fast, direct access to quality health and wellbeing support services, including remote GPs, mental health support and physiotherapy.

Our Income Protection customers also have access to medical and vocational rehabilitation expertise designed to help people stay in work and return to work following illness and injury. Our Employee Assistance Program provided by LifeWorks, includes help and advice on a range of work/life issues.

Our Critical Illness customers can access our Cancer Support Service, provided by Reframe, offering personalized support for employees with a cancer diagnosis.

Unum is a values-driven, purpose-led organization, with an operating model centered on doing good for society and being there for people when they need us most.

Being a socially responsible business is at the heart of our ‘We are Unum’ values and where we aim to excel. We’re focused on providing positive and effective contributions to the communities in which we live and work, and see helping our communities as a natural extension of the commitment we make to our customers every day.

Our mission is to be the most inclusive, diverse and welcoming company in our market – creating a place where people aspire to work, and where everyone is able to contribute their best and succeed, whatever their identity or background.

We are signatories of the HM Treasury Women in Finance Charter, Business in the Community Race at Work Charter and the Armed Forces Covenant, where we hold the Silver Employer Recognition Scheme Award. We are also a Disability Confident Leader, Stonewall Diversity Champion, and have been awarded the Gold Payroll Giving Quality Mark for our charitable initiatives.

At the end of 2021, Unum protected 1.6 million people in the UK and paid claims of £366 million - representing £7 million a week in benefits to our customers - providing security and peace of mind to individuals and their families. 

Our parent company, Unum Group provides a broad portfolio of financial protection benefits and services in the workplace through its Unum US, Unum UK, Unum Poland, and Colonial Life businesses. In 2021, Unum Group reported revenues of US$12 billion and paid US$8.2 billion in benefits.

For more information, please visit www.unum.co.uk.

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About Unum Group

Unum Group (NYSE: UNM), an international provider of workplace benefits and services, has been helping workers and their families for 175 years. Through its Unum and Colonial Life brands, the company offers disability, life, accident, critical illness, dental, vision and stop-loss insurance; leave and absence management support and behavioral health services. In 2022, Unum reported revenues of about $12 billion and paid $8 billion in benefits. The Fortune 500 company is one of the 2023 World’s Most Ethical Companies, recognized by Ethisphere®. 

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