With 1 in 6 couples experiencing infertility worldwide, it is fundamental for organisations to support fertility challenges in the workplace. Below are some suggestions how employers can support:
Accessible information: Having a structured fertility policy in place creates an open culture free from stigma, makes sure employees feel comfortable in the workplace; and prevents the best talent from leaving.
Awareness in the workplace: Establishing the role of Fertility Ambassador to open the conversation and signpost to support. Making sure there is a focus on educating the organisation on the impact of fertility challenges on the workforce (resources, webinars, etc.)
Expert support: Introduce a fertility benefit support provider, such as myTamarin, offering 1on1 consultations and other support with fertility nurses.
Staff training: Ensuring line managers understand the challenges of treatment for employees including the physical, mental, and financial impact and how they can support someone going through it.
Flexible working: Giving the right for employees to request flexible working, including reasonable working adjustments, so they can attend appointments and deal with the physical impact of fertility treatments.