We spoke to Clare (HR Business Partner and Menopause Champion at Foot Anstey) and Kerri (People and Reward Manager) about why they implemented reproductive health benefits with Fertifa, and how the company has built an inclusive and open culture at Foot Anstey.
Foot Anstey is one of the UK's leading law firms and is proud to support its employees through all menopause, fertility, family-forming, and gender-based health challenges.
Kerri, Clare and the wider People team have been doing significant work over the last few years to support their people's health and wellbeing - from evolving their mental health support to developing family-friendly benefits. One thing they noticed consistently was the gap in fertility and reproductive health care and the impact this was having on lots of peoples’ mental health and wellbeing.
Their mission: To continually evolve and innovate the firm's health and wellbeing support for its people.
In the last 12 months,Foot Anstey has enhanced parental leave to six months full pay, created a menopause group with menopause champions, implemented a transition policy,period policy, premature birth policy and paid fertility leave.
On top of this, Foot Anstey has made many seemingly small changes that have driven impact, such as putting free sanitary products into bathrooms. They found that the more changes they made, the more their people felt able to talk with their colleagues and in the workplace about the difficult journeys they were going through. Subsequently, the Foot Anstey People team became more aware of how many people were struggling with fertility, menopause and reproductive health challenges.
All these changes added upto one conclusion: the need to evolve their support for their people even further.