How menopause can affect women at work
- Disturbed sleep
- Hot flushes
- Decreased self confidence
- Loss of concentration
- Brain fog
The potential impact of this health condition on businesses
- Employees less engaged with work
- Increased absenteeism
- Avoiding promotion and progression = low morale
- Loss of talent/staff turnover
- Increased risk of employee relations issues
The business case for taking action
- Menopausal women are the fastest growing workforce demographic, which means that nearly 8 out of 10 of menopausal women are in work.
75% of women will experience menopausal symptoms which will have a negative effect on their physical health and/or emotional wellbeing.
- Half of women go through the menopause without consulting a healthcare professional, with 35% believing it is something they should just have to put up with, despite 42% reporting that the symptoms being worse than they expected.
- So not surprisingly nearly half of women (47%) surveyed who are in employment and who needed to take a day off because of the menopause said they wouldn’t feel comfortable disclosing the real reason to their employer or colleagues.
- In fact, 45% of the women surveyed by the British Menopause Society felt their menopause symptoms have had a negative impact on their work. In reality this may translate to reduced productivity, women being less engaged in their employment, not going for the promotions which they had previously aimed for and, in some cases, leaving their jobs.