Menopause Support in the Workplace
Coping with menopausal symptoms at work can be tough, and many women are understandably reluctant to talk about it, especially to their employer.
With around 3.5 million women aged between 50 and 65 years currently in employment in the UK, women now represent nearly half of the UK workforce. It makes sense to recognise their problems, break the taboo surrounding menopause.
Workplace policies and guidelines are now being implemented by organisations throughout the country, proving to be highly successful. Women now feeling understood and supported through what can be many difficult years.
The Need for Menopause Awareness Training in the Workplace
The physical and psychological symptoms of menopause can be numerous and varied, affecting every woman differently. This can have an impact not just for the woman experiencing symptoms, but for colleagues and clients too.
Symptoms such as:
- Fatigue due to sleep disturbances can affect concentration and memory, which in turn leads to loss of confidence and stress. Stress and fatigue both contribute towards poor performance, leading to anxiety, leading to more sleep disturbances. And so the cycle goes on.
- Hot flushes are very common, uncomfortable and embarrassing leading to a reluctance to attend face to face meetings with colleagues and clients.
- Mood swings and heightened emotions can affect relationships within the workplace, causing greater stress and anxiety
The risk for businesses in terms of loss of talent, knowledge and experience is real with 1 in 4 women considering leaving work because of the severity of her symptoms.
Being able to attract and retain the expertise of women in the workplace is necessary for a enhanced business performance and competitive advantage. Supporting them through the menopause years, promoting an environment where they are comfortable talking about menopause is absolutely essential, increasing staff satisfaction and retention, boosting morale, reducing presenteeism and absenteeism.
Awareness sessions create a culture of openness around the menopause, encourage communication between colleagues and line managers, providing the understanding and support so necessary through this time.
Awareness training sessions are designed for all employees to help them understand menopause symptoms, what can be done to help those symptoms, how female team members can be supported and how colleagues can comfortably open communication about menopause.
Managing menopause at work – interactive workshops to support female employees
Providing talks on practical solutions to maintaining the health of their body and mind all encourage ladies transitioning through menopause with hope and encouragement. They feel heard and understood which will be reflected in their workplace practice.
Clare offers talks from 1 hour to a half day. Sharing information in a workshop style, interactive and fun format, always designed to educate, inspire and empower employees.
- Understanding menopause and hormones
- Stress management techniques
- Boosting energy and motivation
- Weight management
- Good nutritional practice for hormone balance
- Symptom management
- Lifestyle strategies
Embracing the knowledge shared will serve employee and employer alike.
- Positive impact on job performance and satisfaction
- A boost to confidence, self worth and self esteem
- Simple strategies to manage unpleasant menopause symptoms, for example poor sleep and mental clarity, hot flushes, low energy and anxiety.