The impact of menopause on work and the importance of a policy for employers
World Menopause Day is celebrated on October 18th each year to raise awareness of menopause and its impact on women’s lives.
Statistics about the impact of menopause on work:
- 75% of working women aged 45-65 have experienced menopausal symptoms.
- 45% of working women aged 45-65 said that menopausal symptoms had a negative impact on their work.
- 3 out of 5 women aged 45-55 who are experiencing menopausal symptoms say it has a negative effect on their work.
- More than half of this group said they experienced more stress.
- Nearly a third of women have taken sick leave due to their symptoms, but only a quarter told managers the real reason why.
The importance of a menopause policy for employers:
- A menopause policy can show support for employees and help them to manage their symptoms more effectively.
- A menopause policy can help to create a more inclusive and supportive workplace for all employees.
- A menopause policy can help to reduce absenteeism and improve productivity.
- A menopause policy can help to attract and retain top talent.
Menopause is a natural transition that all women experience, typically between the ages of 45 and 55.
While menopause is a normal and healthy part of ageing, it can also have a significant impact on work. A recent survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) found that 75% of working women aged 45-65 have experienced menopausal symptoms, and 45% said that these symptoms had a negative impact on their work.
There are a number of ways that menopause can affect work performance. For example, hot flashes/flushes and night sweats can make it difficult to concentrate and focus, and mood swings can make it challenging to interact with colleagues and customers. Sleep problems can also lead to fatigue and difficulty concentrating.
In addition, menopause can increase the risk of developing certain health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and depression. These conditions can also have a negative impact on work performance and productivity.
Despite the impact of menopause on work, many women still feel uncomfortable talking to their employers about it. This can be due to a number of factors, such as stigma, fear of discrimination, and lack of awareness of menopause among employers.
However, it is important for employers to be aware of menopause and its impact on work. By creating a menopause policy, employers can show support for their employees and help them to manage their symptoms more effectively. By creating a menopause policy, employers can help to create a more inclusive and supportive workplace for all employees.
We are offering a free menopause policy to all Chamber members – follow the link below and quote WMD23