For some women, the menopause can be a difficult and challenging time, impacting their personal and professional lives at work. It is something that affects 100% of women, but most business leaders do nothing to support their staff who are going through such a challenging time.

As an employer, it is essential to provide support to any member of staff going through the menopause to ensure they feel valued, respected and supported.

  • 10% of women leave their jobs due to menopause symptoms.
  • 14% of women have had to reduce their hours due to menopause symptoms.

Women over the age of 50 are the fastest growing demographic in the workplace and more support should be offered to ensure they remain in work, because women around this age are usually at their most productive and experienced in their job.

If you are looking for ways to support your team, here are a few suggestions:

Create a supportive and understanding culture:

  • Start by raising awareness of the menopause in the workplace. It is essential to create a supportive culture where employees feel comfortable discussing their experiences without fear of judgment or embarrassment. Encourage employees to talk about their experiences and educate colleagues about the symptoms and impact of menopause.

Provide flexible working arrangements:

  • Menopause symptoms such as hot flushes, night sweats, and fatigue can impact an employee’s ability to work. Providing flexible working arrangements, such as working from home, flexible start and finish times, and reduced hours, can help employees manage their symptoms and maintain their productivity.

Offer confidential support:

  • Some women may find it difficult to talk about their experiences with colleagues, and therefore it is essential to offer confidential support. This can be in the form of an employee assistance program (EAP), which provides employees with access to professional support and advice.

Review policies and procedures:

  • Review your policies and procedures to ensure they are inclusive and supportive of menopausal employees. This could include offering additional breaks for rest or medication, adjusting uniform requirements, and providing access to suitable toilet facilities.

Provide training for managers:

  • Managers should be trained to recognize the symptoms of menopause and understand how they can support their team members. Encourage them to be open and empathetic to employees experiencing menopausal symptoms and provide them with guidance on how to manage and support their team effectively.

Promote healthy lifestyle choices:

  • Encourage healthy lifestyle choices such as regular exercise, healthy eating, and stress management to help manage menopause symptoms. Provide resources and information on healthy living and ensure employees have access to facilities such as exercise classes or healthy food options.

In conclusion, supporting employees going through the menopause is essential to maintain a supportive and inclusive workplace culture.

Providing flexible working arrangements, confidential support, reviewing policies and procedures, training for managers, and promoting healthy lifestyle choices are all important ways to support menopausal employees.

By taking a proactive and supportive approach, employers can create an environment where all employees feel valued and supported, regardless of their life stage.

For more information on how we could support you with retention strategies like these, take a look at our services or get in touch.