Menopause support for employers

Menopause stage tends to occur between the age of 45 – 55 and can last a few months or a few years. Menopause is not an illness, it is a “change of life”. This is a natural process of aging exclusive to women. Women will be affected physically and emotionally and at some stage this will affect some of your employees.

Menopause is not one size that fits all. Some women will sail through menopause and others will have a very difficult time. For some, their symptoms will affect their ability to work as ‘normal’. If you and your employees do not understand what menopause is, this can make things worse, as some will suffer in silence, without approaching colleagues or managers. I recently held a workshop where insomnia was listed as one of the most frequent menopausal symptoms experienced by working women, yet all were expected to conduct their work at their usual working times. Unsurprisingly, many felt this impacted the quality of their work.

Menopause is not always recognised as a health, safety and welfare issue by employers, but should be. You have a duty of care to protect the welfare of all employees. If you and your employees understand menopause, the symptoms and put provisions in place you are a step closer to gaining further commitment from your female workforce, and helping them to approach colleagues or managers with any difficulties they have.

All your employees have a part to play

Leadership, management and employees all have a role to play. Below I have listed some key questions these stakeholders should consider:

  • Why is Menopause relevant to the workplace and how might it affect my teams?
  • What policies and procedures can I put in place to ensure those experiencing menopause feel and are supported?
  • How can I ensure that I am legally compliant with workplace requirements related to Menopause?
  • How can I ensure that all my employees are aware about menopause, its symptoms, and the support available?
  • What is Menopause and why is it relevant in the workplace?
  • How can I ensure that my team members are aware about menopause and its symptoms?
  • How can I ensure that my coachees feel comfortable to approach me about any issues related to menopause, and ensure they get the support they require?
  • What is Menopause and why is it relevant in the workplace?

Specifically, for those experiencing menopausal symptoms:

  • What support is available for me in the workplace?
  • How can I approach my manager, if my symptoms are affecting work to get the support I require?

How can M for Menopause help?

This is where M for Menopause will help in supporting, understanding and changing the mindset and approach towards Menopause in your organisation.

We offer:

  • workshops and presentations for teams, managers and leadership;
  • review of your company’s policies and practices and;
  • support the development of solutions to offer your female employees.

This will be beneficial not only to your employees, but also to your organisation by maintaining the quantity and quality of output.