What is the Endometriosis Friendly Employer Scheme?
The Endometriosis Friendly Employer scheme is a way for employers confirm their commitment to developing a work environment and culture that enable employees with endometriosis to thrive at work. Through the scheme, Endometriosis UK provides guidance for employers on how to support employees with endometriosis and menstrual health conditions, and work towards improving the work environment in three key areas:
1. Leadership and management support
2. Tackling stigma and changing culture
From our work with those with the disease and employers, we believe that by overcoming the challenges individuals may face in the workplace due to lack of knowledge or misunderstanding of endometriosis and other menstrual health conditions, Endometriosis Friendly Employers will see improvements in employee wellbeing, productivity and performance, employee engagement and morale.
When you sign up to be an Endometriosis Friendly Employer, you will receive:
- a certificate to display your commitment
- your organisation’s name on the list of signatories on our website
- twice yearly e-newsletters highlighting organisational best practice and keeping you up to date with latest developments
- support for Endometriosis Champions with an induction webinar and dedicated Endometriosis Champions e-updates
- a copy of the book ‘Endometriosis: The Experts’ Guide to Treat, Manage and Live well with Your Symptoms’ for information and reference within your organisation
- permission to use the Endometriosis Friendly Employer logo
How does it work?
The first step is simple: pledge to be an Endometriosis Friendly Employer and pay the administration fee. We’ll then invite you to nominate Endometriosis Champions to help progress the scheme within your organisation. At the end of your first year send us a review of your activities to show how you’re working to meet the principles. Then undertake a review every two years to show your activities and ongoing commitment. You can see an example of a review form here.
For more information on how the scheme works and why it exists, see our information pack.