Kellogg Ireland introduces new staff supports for ‘often-taboo issues’
New support policies include paid time off for pregnancy loss and fertility treatment, while managers will also be trained on how to talk about the menopause and pregnancy loss
28 October 2021 | 0
Kellogg Ireland is to give more workplace assistance to those experiencing the menopause and will train managers on how to talk to staff about the subject. The company is likewise planning to introduce extra paid time off and support for fertility treatment and pregnancy loss, including for partners and those using a surrogate mother.
Through a raft of new measures, the cereal giant, which employs 300 people in its European head office in Dublin, said it wants to break the silence on issues often not discussed in the workplace.
In a press statement, Kellogg said the group has committed to training its people managers on the menopause, “to deepen understanding on the subject and to support team members impacted with workplace adjustments, such as increased flexible working and occupational health support”.
Pregnancy loss affects many people, with one in three pregnancies ending in miscarriage. The company will give paid leave, without the need for a doctor’s note, to impacted employees including partners and those using a surrogate mother.
Managers will be trained to recognise that time off for appointments relating to pregnancy loss will not be possible to arrange around the demands of work and flexibility will be important.
The policy package will also include support for staff going through fertility treatment, whether that is for themselves or a partner, and it will be regardless of length of service. To support treatment, Kellogg will give employees three periods of leave each year. They will be given access to a private space to administer treatment if necessary.
Flexible working and a free counselling helpline is available to all Kellogg’s staff and will be encouraged to people experiencing these issues.
“We want to offer employees increased support for those often-taboo issues like the menopause, fertility and pregnancy loss,” said Sam Thomas-Berry, Kellogg Europe VP, human resources, explaining more about the new supports being introduced.
“Many people experience these issues, and the impact can be both physical and mental, but they aren’t discussed widely in the workplace,” he continued. “That’s why we’re launching several new workplace policies for even better equity and inclusion at Kellogg’s. We want to create a culture where people feel psychologically safe so we’ll encourage colleagues to be allies to others impacted by these issues.”