OUBS academic Professor Jo Brewis was a guest on the BBC’s primetime television programme, The One Show. The Professor of People and Organisations spoke to BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin in a feature on the menopause and working women last Thursday (1 July).
Jo was chosen as an expert on menopause at work on the basis of her co-authorship of the UK Government report, The impact of menopause transition on women’s economic participation in the UK, as well as more recent publications. These include an Advance HE briefing, co-authorship of a Business in the Community toolkit and a guest editorial on the effects of working from home on menopausal women during the pandemic.
Her other academic publications in this area include co-authored papers on: the experience of writing the report; an intersectional political economy approach to menopause at work; the results of a major survey into attitudes towards and experience of this reproductive life-stage in organisations; and the pitfalls of gender- and age-blind performance management approaches.
Jo is currently a member of the expert panel for Menopause Friendly Accreditation and is writing papers on time and menopause at work, and menopause as an important element of inequality regimes in organisations, among other activities. She is also working with People Services and others at the OU on a menopause initiative at the institution.
Watch Jo on The One Show here (she appears in the 12th minute of the menopause feature which lasts from 10-15 minutes).