SUPPORTING AND ENCOURAGING WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE
- Approximately 13 million women in the UK are either Peri or Post Menopausal.
- Symptoms can last for up to 15 years. They can even begin during the late ’30s.
- Over 60 per cent of women experience symptoms resulting in behaviour changes.
- One in four women will experience debilitating symptoms.
- Almost half of the menopausal women say they feel depressed.
- One-third of women who visit their GP are not made aware of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
- Over the past 40 years, the UK has seen a continual rise in the proportion of women in employment.
- The fastest-growing demographic within the workplace are women over 50.
How can Positive Menopause make a difference to workplaces
The fastest-growing demographic within the workplace are women over the age of 50. So why is it that so many women are leaving their jobs or walking away from their careers?
The vast majority of the time this is down to the transitional phase in a woman’s life called the menopause. This typically occurs with perimenopause in the early ’40s and ends so they say around the age of 55.
You may well ask what all of this has to do with you as a company, but do you know that there are over 30 symptoms associated with the menopause, and these are affecting women on a daily basis. Making even the most simple of tasks seem unbearable. A little dramatic you may say, however can you imagine trying to reconcile figures with severe brain fog. Or turning bright red and feeling like your whole body is on fire in the middle of a meeting. Crying for no reason except that you can’t contain your emotions.
Well, these are some of the things that women endure on a daily basis.
And it doesn’t only affect their work it affects their life. In fact work may the only place that they can escape a relationship that is struggling. Or maybe they are having to care for an elderly parent with Alzheimer’s. So being at work brings a release from so many other factors. It’s a place that they can truly be who they are, except the menopause is robbing them of this privilege.
Women are often at the peak of their career during the menopause years. They have worked extremely hard to obtain the positions they hold within organisations, only to find that because of various symptoms associated with menopause, they actually feel like throwing in the towel and walking away from any form of career.
What’s that got to do with me, you may well ask?
As an employer, you have a duty of care to ensure that your employees are treated in a fair and just manner, and with the rise of court cases regarding ageism and the potential that legislation will soon be implemented regarding the treatment of women in menopause isn’t it in your best interest to look at possible ways to ensure that the wellbeing of your staff is at the forefront of your company.
Menopause in the Workplace
- Educating your line managers and staff helps to break the taboo of the Menopause being discussed openly within the workplace.
- By giving support to your employee’s it can help their well being not only in the workplace but also in their personal lives, which in turn will bring greater positivity within the workplace.
- If you value your employees they will give loyalty and commitment to their employers.
- By providing the right type of training and support you will retain your staff which in turn will reduce retention and recruitment costs.
- With the rise in retirement age, women are working a lot longer. In fact, they are only 75% into their career when the menopause transition period takes place.
- Bottom-line profits are being reduced due to sickness and time being taken off because of debilitating menopause symptoms.
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