The CIPD (the professional body for HR and people development) is aiming to break the taboo surrounding the menopause at work. That is why they’ve published a variety of menopause resources, including two specific guides, one for people managers and the other for HR, both providing advice and support designed to help women going through the menopause at work. We caught up with Claire McCartney, Diversity & Inclusion Policy Adviser at the CIPD, to find out more.Read More
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According to Public Health England (2018), a third of women in England are suffering from severe reproductive health problems. This includes endometriosis, infertility and the menopause; all conditions which can cause particular difficulties at work. With women representing just under half (46.5% in 2017) of the total labour force in the UK (The World Bank, 2017), reproductive health is an issue which needs consideration.Read More
Deciding whether or not to tell an employer about a health condition such as PMDD and Endometriosis can be very difficult. To make it harder, there is a lot of confusion around whether these conditions are seen as a disability, or not.
Every woman will go through the Menopause*.
By 2020 it is estimated that 1 in 3 British workers will be over 50. This means that more women than ever will experience the menopause at work.
Menopause signifies a time in a woman’s life when her ovaries stop producing eggs and her periods stop. This frequently happens between the age of 45 – 55; however, women can also encounter early menopause in their 20’s or 30’s. The average age in the UK is 51.
Some women breeze through a problem-free menopause. However, for many women, this natural process is a time of anxiety and distress as a result of the symptoms that often accompany it. 25% of women currently going through the menopause have considered leaving work because of their experiences (Wellbeing of Women survey, 2016). Two thirds of women going through the menopause say they have no support in place at work (Wellbeing of Women survey, 2016).
The most commonly associated symptom with menopause is hot flushes. Indeed, these affect three in four women. Some lesser known physical symptoms include night sweats, insomnia and urinary tract infections.
The less visible, psychological symptoms are perhaps most distressing for women, as decreasing levels of oestrogen can cause significant changes in emotional wellbeing. As such, the menopause can feel like an emotional rollercoaster, resulting in mood swings, anxiety and depression.
It is important to recognise that every woman will experience menopause differently. Symptoms vary greatly in duration, severity and impact. However, most women are likely to experience physical and psychological symptoms, as a result of diminishing oestrogen. Some of these can be incredibly distressing and debilitating.
SEE HER THRIVE™ can equip you and your team with the knowledge and skills to confidently support staff that may be experiencing menopause symptoms. We also provide workshops for female employees, which focus on the symptoms of menopause and how to cope with them. Workshops can be tailored to suit your business and can be full day, half day, or ‘power hour’ sessions.
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*Exceptions to this are trans women and those who had their ovaries removed before starting their periods.