Group Director of People at Murphy, Dawn Moore “We’re delighted to be taking steps to making Murphy an even better place to work through the Period Dignity movement. One of our colleagues had the idea for female convenience packs last year, and the pilot we ran was a great success. This partnership is taking that another step forward. We’re well aware that the sector as a whole needs to attract more women, and we’re hoping that through partnerships like this, we can attract more talented people to come and work for Murphy.”
The Wadeys – Women’s Convenience Packs.
Helayna Jenkins is a Geotechnical Engineer and started her professional career with Murphy in 2013. Helayna was regularly based on remote sites away from the normal amenities and shops many of us take for granted. “During my career, I have always been aware that it is predominantly a male environment, “she explained. “Any female on a project site would see that the facilities haven’t always accommodated for women, especially when dealing with feminine issues. I also couldn’t just pop to the local shop to get some sanitary towels if my period decided to come unexpectedly. I was needed on site and leaving because of my period would often not have been possible.”
So Helayna came up with the ‘Wadeyz’ - a convenience pack for women working on site. In March 2019, she started a pilot at Murphy sending out 100 ‘Wadeyz’ packs across the UK and International colleagues to test on 16 different sites. Each one had everything needed to hygienically deal with any menstrual situation - hand sanitizer, tissues and a range of sanitary products, so every woman is covered for whatever type of emergency they may be dealing with. The box was small enough to be stored away neatly in the female toilets and recycled when all of the contents are gone.
The feedback was overwhelmingly positive. The Wadeyz packs received the Highly Commended accolade at the British Construction Industry Awards in 2019, and has led the way for Murphy to sign up with Hey Girls via Lyreco. Not only did the packs give practical help to women working on project sites, it opened up the conversations needed around period poverty in the workplace. “The culture has changed a lot in the sector over recent years with more and more amazing women rightly joining,” added Helayna, “If the pack and initiatives like it can help feel women supported, then we’re heading in the right direction to make construction a more inclusive place to work.”
Hall of Fame
CMS in Scotland recently introduced period products to their Edinburgh office and will shortly be doing the same in Aberdeen.
The Fruitmarket Gallery
The Fruitmarket Gallery stands with Hey Girls every step of the way. Their ethos, bold ambition and willingness to take risks should be celebrated by everyone.
Period poverty affects thousands of women and girls every month in Manchester. Whilst great efforts are being made to end this injustice, we know we are also doing our bit by buying from social enterprises like Hey Girls.
We’re well aware that the sector as a whole needs to attract more women, and with partnerships like this, we can attract more talented people to come and work for Murphy.
By installing period products across all of our project sites, we have been able to break down the old fashioned taboo’s about periods whilst educating our people at the same time.