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Menopause can significantly impact a person’s life, putting them through an emotional, physical, and mental struggle.
As an employer, it is your responsibility to step in and make changes to support those going through this process.
Many employees in your organisation are likely to be struggling with menopause at work. UK statistics suggest that approximately 13 million people are either peri- or post-menopausal. As a result, you must work to understand the impacts of menopause and how to support your staff.
This article will cover what menopause is, why it's important to support employees, and how to introduce a menopause policy in your workplace.
Menopause is a natural stage of ageing that anyone can experience. The onset usually occurs between ages 45 and 55 (when oestrogen levels begin to decline). During this time, a person will stop having periods and can no longer conceive without medical help.
The menopause transition affects each individual differently. The signs and symptoms vary from person to person; and are often misunderstood. Many employees do not disclose their symptoms for fear of discrimination–meaning they may be suffering in silence.
Here are some common signs and symptoms of menopause:
From this list, it is evident how an employee’s workload can become difficult. What were once simple tasks now become strenuous, causing employees to feel demotivated and disengaged.
According to the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM), 8 out of 10 menopausal people are in work. This statistic further highlights the likeliness that many employees may be undergoing hormonal changes associated with menopause.
As an employer, you must work to alleviate these symptoms; helping to improve employee health, wellbeing, and performance.
For many menopausal people, going to work and being successful is beneficial. It provides a sense of fulfilment and helps boost self-esteem. Your organisation will also benefit from higher morale, keep valuable talent, and reduce sickness absence.
To help your organisation develop a positive workplace, we have listed several factors to consider when dealing with menopause at work:
Coping with menopause at work can be difficult for many employees. According to recent statistics, 72% of menopausal employees say they feel unsupported in work.
Many believe they are unable to openly discuss menopause with their superiors. And many organisations across the UK struggle with providing the right menopause at work guidance.
To tackle this, one of the first steps you can take is creating a menopause policy. Here are some factors to include in your menopause policy at work:
Over time, social stigma has resulted in menopause becoming a taboo subject. The negative perceptions surrounding menopause mean it is often overlooked in the workplace.
Health Assured recognises the importance of menopause awareness and support in the workplace. To highlight the importance of this, we’ve signed the Menopause Workplace Pledge. We’re committed to supporting our employees through this stage of their career, and we want to help other organisations provide this support too.
At Health Assured, our experts can help transform your workplace into one of support and openness on menopause. We can help you and your staff through challenging periods at work with our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).
Get in touch with us to find out more on 08002062553.
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