Today there are over 4.4 million women aged 45–64 are in full or part-time employment¹. In fact, women over the age of 50 are the fastest-growing group in the workforce. So, it is vital that employers are supporting these women to feel comfortable and confident at work, for their own sake and for the sake of our economy.
The average age for the menopause transition is 51. As more women go through the menopause during their working lives, it’s vital that employers encourage open discussions to ensure they get the right support.
According to research conducted in 2019¹, from the CIPD, 59% of working women between the ages of 45 and 55 who are experiencing menopause symptoms said it had a negative impact on them at work.
Moreover, the Covid-19 pandemic has caused further regressive impacts on women in work, including the following:
- The burden of unpaid care, which is disproportionately carried by women has increased significantly.
- Female jobs are disproportionately represented in sectors that have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 crisis
- Mothers typically experience more interruptions during paid work than fathers, which can lead to measurable impacts such as drops in performance.
- The impact on mental health due to working from home, which has led to increased anxiety, feelings of isolation and a lack of opportunity for informal discussions
Peppy, analysed Google search terms to find more than 5 million searches for menopause-related terms in total during 2021. This also tied in with research from the wellness platform, Gympass, which found 80 percent of menopausal women say they find little empathy or support from their employers³
Common symptoms experienced are loss of ability to concentrate, increased stress, a loss of confidence and less patience with clients and colleagues. Many women take time off work due to symptoms.
Despite this, there is still a considerable stigma about talking about menopause at work. Most women do not tell anyone at work or seek adjustments, out of concerns for privacy, worrying about the reaction of others or simply not knowing who to tell. Women are more likely to speak to line managers or colleagues rather than to HR or occupational health. Many workplaces do not have any policies relating to menopause and therefore, they do not always know how to seek support.
BOMIMO has a range of training packages tailored to help your business. Delivered our Founder and Executive Menopause Coach Sam Williams we will help you to support your employees when they most need it.
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