Women and Menopause at Work: Urgent and Important…but Why Now?

By Sian Blurton, Client Relationship Director, EMEA

I am sure like me, many people watched the documentary with Davina McCall, “Sex , Mind and The Menopause” . 

There is currently so much work being done to remove the taboo and support women experiencing menopause in the workplace. So, what can employers do to gain a little understanding around why 900,000 women are feeling so overwhelmed that they would leave the workplace. 

Symptoms at Work

Menopause is a problem women have been dealing with and managing at work for years and has always been around. The menopause is a physical process in which women stop having periods, either naturally or through surgery. The average woman in the UK reaches menopause at 51 years old—with plenty of working life left.

Symptoms of menopause include, but are not limited to:

  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Hot flushes
  • Fatigue

Clearly, any woman experiencing these symptoms will find it hard to do her best at work.

How Employers Can Support Women at Work

Women experiencing menopause need more support, both personal and professional. Employers need to put the effort in to educate and support managers so they can provide better support to women in turn. 

Together we can drive a positive change. Let’s #RemoveTheTaboo. 

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