Why does menopause matter in the workplace?
Every woman will experience menopause and approximately 1 in 4 will experience debilitating symptoms.
Studies have shown that menopause symptoms can have a significant impact on attendance and performance in the workplace.
The 2016 Wellbeing of Women survey revealed that 25% of women going through the menopause had considered leaving work because of their experiences.
Two thirds of women going through the menopause say they have no support in place at work.
Quite simply menopause awareness and support in the workplace is a win-win situation for both employers and employees. Menopause education, information and support can be game changers for staff satisfaction and retention and creating a supportive and informed menopause culture within your organisation.
In a recent IPSOS Mori poll:
- Over half of working women aged 40-65 have experienced three or more symptoms of the menopause, including hot flushes (47%), night sweats (41%) and feeling tired (35%).
- Two thirds of those with 3 or more symptoms have lost interest in their work or made mistakes.
- Half of all women experiencing three or more symptoms have experienced at least one further detrimental impact on their working lives; including having their relationships with colleagues negatively impacted, having to reduce their working hours or considering resigning.
- Only around 1 in every 20 women aged 40-65 in work are aware of their employer offering proactive policies or support to women around the menopause.
- Six in 10 of those who have experienced 3 or more symptoms would like to see their employer do more while over half say they would feel more positively about a company who had a menopause awareness programme.
- Over a third would like their employers to offer access to specialist menopause advice from a third-party expert, 31% would like their employer to offer a menopause policy.
- Both women and men need to be better equipped to support their colleagues around the menopause.
- Nearly half (48%) of women experiencing 3 or more symptoms of menopause have not spoken to anyone at work about their experiences.
Why choose Menopause Support?
Menopause Support is a not for profit community interest organisation, so when you engage us to deliver your training you will be supporting our aims to improve menopause education, information, advice and support for everybody.
We offer educational menopause awareness webinars and training to ensure that you and all members of your team have a thorough understanding of menopause whether happening to them personally or to a colleague or family member and how best to support.
Educational webinars and training sessions can be made bespoke for your organisation and your proposed audience. Popular options include;
Understanding Menopause Introductory Session
Understanding Menopause in Detail
Menopause – Question and Answer Session
Understanding Menopause and Mental Health
Understanding Menopause for Managers
We also offer Private 1 to 1 consultations – this option can be offered to individual staff members as additional support.
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