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Menopause Awareness in the Workplace

Menopause Awareness in the Workplace

Part of Planned Future’s mental wellbeing offering is to raise menopause awareness in the workplace.

In recent years, there has been growing recognition of the need for workplaces to accommodate the challenges that menopausal women face. This blog explores strategies for making adjustments in the workplace to support menopausal employees effectively.

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Menopause Awareness

Menopause typically occurs in women between the ages of 45 and 55, although it can happen earlier or later. It’s characterised by the cessation of menstrual periods and a decline in reproductive hormones such as oestrogen and progesterone. Alongside these hormonal changes, women may experience symptoms such as hot flushes, sleep disturbances and cognitive changes.

The Impact of Menopause on Work

The symptoms of menopause can significantly affect a woman’s ability to perform her job effectively. Hot flushes for example, can cause discomfort and disrupt concentration during meetings or presentations. Mood swings and irritability may affect interpersonal relationships and teamwork. Sleep disturbances can lead to fatigue and reduced productivity. Moreover, cognitive changes, such as memory lapses or difficulty concentrating, can impact decision-making and task completion.

Data and Studies around Menopause Awareness

Several studies have shed light on the prevalence and impact of menopausal symptoms in the workplace:

  • A Study by the British Occupational Health Research Foundation found that 75% of menopausal women experienced symptoms that affected their work, with 50% feeling less patient with clients or colleagues.
  • The CIPD Menopause at Work Survey discovered nearly two-thirds of women experiencing menopausal symptoms said it had a negative impact on their work, and 50% considered leaving their jobs because of it.
  • Research Published in the Journal of Women’s Health highlighted that women experiencing menopausal symptoms were more likely to report presenteeism (being at work but not fully functioning) and absenteeism.

Making Adjustments in the Workplace

Employers have a responsibility to create a supportive and inclusive environment for all employees, including those going through menopause. Here are some strategies to consider to improve your business’ menopause awareness:

Raise Awareness

Educate employees and managers about menopause and its potential impact on work performance. Encourage open conversations to reduce stigma and foster understanding.

Our Understanding Menopause Webinar teaches employees and managers about menopause in the workplace.

Flexible Working Arrangements

Flexible work hours or remote working options can better accommodate symptoms such as fatigue and sleep disturbances. This flexibility allows women to manage their workload effectively while dealing with menopausal symptoms.

Temperature Control

Ensure that workplace climates are adjustable to accommodate temperature changes. Providing fans or access to cool areas can help women manage their symptoms more comfortably.

Supportive Policies

Implement policies that support employees going through menopause, such as providing access to counselling services or offering additional breaks as needed.

Training for Managers

Provide training for managers on how to support employees experiencing menopausal symptoms. This includes recognising the signs, offering support, and making reasonable adjustments to their workload or environment.

Our Understanding Menopause for Managers Webinar is designed to help team leaders make informed decisions and adjustments to improve wellbeing in the workplace.

Conclusion: Menopause in the Workplace – How to Make Adjustments

Menopause is a natural transition that many women experience during their working lives. By understanding the challenges menopausal women face in the workplace and implementing appropriate adjustments, employers can create a supportive and inclusive environment where all employees can thrive.

Through education, awareness, and policy changes, we can ensure that menopause does not hinder professional success and well-being.

Learn more about our Menopause Awareness webinars and seminars here.

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