World Menopause Day falls on the 18th October, prompting us to shine the spotlight on a session that will comprehensively cover what is still a largely taboo subject in many workplaces.
Though menopause is a normal life stage for women, many are suffering what can be absolutely debilitating physical symptoms in silence. In addition, it is the psychological symptoms – including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and low confidence – that often affect women most significantly.
Impact at Work
Research shows that the majority of women who need to take a day off due to menopause symptoms report that they are unlikely to disclose the real reason for their absence to their employer. In addition, many women have felt forced to reduce their hours or even stop working altogether as a direct result of their menopause. However, in workplaces with a culture of openness around menopause where women are offered targeted support, menopause-related absenteeism is far less common.
Best for Business
It goes without saying that an employer is responsible for the health and safety of their employees, but there are also very obvious benefits to proactively managing and supporting what is an increasingly age-diverse workforce in the UK. Employers are starting to recognise that menopausal women are likely to require specific interventions to support them, but many are yet to implement a consistent strategy to do so – which is where an Employees Matter session really can add value.
Special Webinar – 18th October 2019 – World Menopause Day
To this end, we are offering one of our open webinars on World Menopause Day where a few of our speakers will provide valuable insights into the Menopause for your staff to take part in. For more information on the content of this webinar or any other sessions on the menopause that we offer, please get in touch.