“Shocking but not surprising” report more than 1m women could quit because not supported in menopause

More than 1 million women in the UK could be forced out of their jobs this year because their employers are failing to support them as they go through the menopause, researchers have been quoted in the Guardian newspaper.

Asked for comment, MS Founder Diane Danzebrink  said the research was “shocking but sadly not surprising”.

A survey of 2,000 women aged 45 to 67 across the UK experiencing menopause symptoms found that this lack of support is having a direct impact on their decisions to leave the workplace. The women said it was the second most devastating impact on their career to date, only just behind having children.

It found that a quarter of the women surveyed (24%) are unhappy in their jobs because of a lack of support, with 63% noting that their place of work has not introduced any kind of policy to make things easier for women going through menopause.

In total, one in four of those questioned by Research Without Barriers said a lack of support from their workplaces had left them deeply unhappy in their jobs.

“Women should never be pushed out of the workplace because of their biology. Menopause is a natural part of women’s life course, and shouldn’t mean the end of their career,” said Rachel Carrell, the founder of Koru Kids, which commissioned the research. “As a society, we need to support older women with flexible working and health support so they don’t fall out of the workplace needlessly.”

Nearly three-quarters of women who took part in the research said their workplace did not have a forum or space where they could talk openly about the menopause with their colleagues or employers, exacerbating their feelings of isolation and distress.

Diane Danzebrink said:

“Women supported through menopause will remain in the workplace and achieve their full potential and employers will retain valuable members of their teams,” she said. “It’s a win-win situation for employers and employees, it’s as simple as that.”

The full story can be seen on the Guardian’s website.