Supporting menopause in the workplace

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Supporting menopause in the workplace

2022-07-28T13:37:37+01:00 July 28th, 2022|News, HR News|

Although gender equality is a hotly debated topic, numerous signs suggest that most industries are still not gender equal and that businesses are not doing enough to close the gap. One of the indicators is menopause. Menopausal symptoms and a lack of support at work lead about 1 million women to leave the workforce each year.

The menopause typically affects women between the ages of 45 and 55, although symptoms can appear considerably earlier and persist much longer. Additionally, several diseases can cause early menopause. Additionally, symptoms may persist for up to 10 years or longer.

Insomnia, heat flushes, exhaustion, anxiety, jitters, and memory or recall issues are just a few of the many symptoms that might occur. Many women see their doctors fearing they have dementia with early onset.

Menopause, according to the CIPD, is the biggest workplace taboo to date since neither men nor women like to talk about it. Because of the stigma associated with menopause, many people believe it is unacceptable to discuss it, which makes women going through it feel like they can’t open up and discuss their symptoms or the difficulties they are facing. Men will frequently help menopausal mothers or partners, and the impacts on their mental health might have a wide range. Menopause affects more than just women.

To preserve this enormous talent pool, we must assist women who are going through menopause. In addition to having the fastest rate of growth in the workforce, menopausal women are also working longer hours than ever before. Currently, there are 4 million women between the ages of 45 and 55 working, and 1 in 4 of them are considering quitting their jobs because of challenges related to menopause at work and their experiences.

In addition, there are legal requirements. Discrimination on the basis of gender or age is illegal, and there is recent case law from tribunals where symptoms have been so severe that they have been classified as a disability.

Workplaces can support women going through the menopause in a number of ways, such as by ensuring that the necessary frameworks are in place; one idea is to provide counselling. Hold listening sessions to share knowledge with other team members. Provide line managers with training. Be honest and foster a culture where talking about it is acceptable. Make changes to the workplace to improve comfort for women who are exhibiting physical symptoms. Consider flexible working options and allow for some flexibility in your sick leave rules.

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