World Menopause Day – Menopause in the workplace

18th October marks the annual World Menopause Day.

The British Menopause Society have created guidance on Menopause in the Workplace, this factsheet provides a ‘how-to’ guide for employers and relevant staff within organisations that are considering writing their own guidance on the menopause.
 
In 2019 there were over over 4.3 million employed women in the UK aged between 45-60, given the average age of a women’s menopause is 51, a significant number of employed women will be working through their menopausal transition.
 
Women will experience severe menopausal symptoms that can impact on their quality of life. It is the work context that women report greater difficulty in managing symptoms and can feel embarrassed and unable to disclose their menopausal status of difficulties, fearing they may be stigmatised.
 
A recent review of UK guidance documentation on the menopause within the work context found several key areas and recommendations for future guidance development. As each organisation is different, guidance should be tailored to meet the needs and the resources available.
 
Check out the link below on how to offer awareness and support to this population of employees.
 
https://www.womens-health-concern.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/07-BMS-TfC-Menopause-and-the-workplace-APR2020.pdf
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