Today is International Menopause day and an opportunity to highlight how employers can better support women in the workplace.

Why do we need to provide support for women experiencing the menopause?

On average, women will experience the menopause in their late 40s and early 50s, and this is the fastest growing sector of the workforce.  Many women will suffer menopausal symptoms, with up to 1 in 4 experiencing serious symptoms that could affect them at work.  Women may be uncomfortable discussing the menopause with their managers and may give other reasons for taking time off.  Some may even choose to leave their jobs if they don’t feel supported.

What are the key symptoms?

The most well-known symptoms are hot flushes and poor sleep; however, menopause can also cause poor concentration, anxiety and “brain fog”.   Each woman will have their own experience of the menopause and it is important to understand this.

What might help?

Simple measures like providing a desk fan or allowing time off for a doctor’s appointment may be all that is required.  However, the most important thing is to encourage openness about this subject so that employees and managers are comfortable to discuss it.  As with any other health condition, asking the employee what her individual needs are and discussing how she can be supported are key.

Supporting Managers

Many managers are uncomfortable talking about menopause, either because they don’t feel they know enough about it or because they don’t want to pry.  Having a menopause policy and providing information and training to managers will increase awareness as well as giving them the confidence to broach this subject with their team members.


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