In 2019 there were 4.3 million employed women aged 45-60 in the UK and the average age of the menopause is 51 years. Invariably women around this age may also have significant life events occurring outside work and their career, for example responsibilities for older relatives, children leaving home and sometimes loss of a relationship.
80% of women will experience menopausal symptoms with varying levels of intensity. It can be a difficult subject for women to talk about in the workplace and it is recognised that the majority of women feel they need advice and support.
The menopause can cause varying levels of impairment to concentration, memory, mood swings, confidence, insomnia and fatigue, hot flushes and heavy painful periods.
Due to the effects of the menopause some women feel they need to work part time and some even think about leaving employment. Women might need time off to deal with their symptoms but feel unable to disclose the reason for their absence, they may feel they have to work very hard to compensate for the impairment which they feel may be impacting their ability to work.
Employers are being encouraged to look at what support they can offer both women and managers with a view to making adjustments. Women are encouraged to talk to their employer if they are experiencing difficulties at work. Your employer may be able to help you with flexible working, provision of a desk fan or moving your desk closer to the window or toilet.
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