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World Menopause Day 2021

Today, 18th of October, is World Menopause Day - the global health and wellbeing awareness-raising day led by The International Menopause Society to highlight female health issues associated with the menopause and the ways of improving women's wellbeing. 

In the UK there are around 4.4 million women aged 50 and over in employment (ONS), therefore there are many workplaces where menopause is an issue affecting female employees. Some sectors with a predominantly female workforce, such as health and social care and teaching, employ huge numbers of women who are either perimenopausal, menopausal or post-menopausal.

The menopause is a natural part of a woman’s life cycle, however it still remains a taboo subject in many workplaces. While some women receive support and understanding from colleagues and managers, many of them are reluctant to discuss the issues associated with menopause and have to cope on their own. According to CIPD, 6 in 10 menopausal women report that their symptoms have had a negative impact on their work.

Employers should support women with menopausal symptoms in the same way as they would with any other health condition. It’s important that workplaces create a stigma-free environment that encourages open discussion and disclosure to support women’s full engagement and productivity at work.

We would like to share a few guides on menopause for employers and managers which offer practical advice on how to improve workplace environment for menopausal women and how to support them. 

Guidance on menopause and the workplace from The Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM) 

The Menopause at Work. A Guide for People Professionals by CIPD

A guide to managing menopause at work. Guidance for line managers by CIPD

You could also book a webinar that will increase your employees' understanding of the menopause and will give them practical advice to help themselves or partners, friends and colleagues. To find out more about the webinar, get in touch with us.

We have also updated our guide that has some useful information on menopause, its symptoms, treatment and further resources.