MENOPAUSE IN THE WORKPLACE
In 2019, there were over 4.3 million employed women in the UK aged 45-60. Given the average age of a woman’s menopause is 51 years, a significant number of employed women will be working during their menopause transition.
Acas reports that over 2 million women over 50 experience difficulties at work due to menopausal symptoms, and that 1 in 20 women are estimated to have an early menopause, often due to Surgery.
The British Menopause Society report that women can feel embarrassed to share their menopausal state, with fear of being stigmatised as menopausal. The most commonly reported difficulties in the workplace include poor concentration, tiredness, poor memory, lacking confidence and feeling low or depressed.
The Menopause is a natural stage of life that women are either going through now or will experience at some point of their working life. This stage can last up to 10 years for some women and affects each one differently.
How can the Menopause affect Women’s Work?
The menopause can lead to changes in a woman’s physical health and psychologically. This can affect how a woman not only performs and her relationships with her colleagues. Often there is little understanding of the issues and little support for women going through the menopause at work.
Many women see the Menopause as a private matter, and rarely discuss this with their Managers or colleagues, often hiding their symptoms.
Symptoms vary from very mild to severe and can include:
Sleep disturbances, leading to fatigue and lack of concentration at work
Fatigue and lacking in energy
Brain fog, struggling to remember words, concentration and focus issues
Anxiety and panic attacks
Hot flashes during the day, temperature changes
Irregular or heavy menstrual cycles
Lower immunity, taking longer to recover from illness
Debilitating headaches and migraines
Muscle and joint aches, pains and stiffness
Many women become anxious and lose confidence in their job and their ability to perform, without the relevant support this can lead on to mental health conditions such as stress, deepened anxiety and depression – or worse, leaving their job!
Show your team that you care by creating an environment that supports Women’s Menopause journey, their physical and mental health and wellbeing.
HR / Managers - Education for Managers and Leaders to understand the Menopause and the issues that affect women during these years, and how to implement solutions to support female employees.
Staff Workshops – Fun and informative sessions, to raise awareness for all employees by educating them on the Menopause, the symptoms and how women can support their physical symptoms and mental wellbeing with simple natural solutions and tools.
Menopause Meet-ups in the Workplace - An informal drop-in area, either in your staff canteen or break-out area, where women and men can come along to discuss the Menopause, ask questions and gain support.
Contact us to discuss your Company needs and the best solution for Menopause in the Workplace.