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Menopause Myths busted!

As today is world Menopause Day it is time to bust some myths! Menopause isn’t just hot flushes; women can experience up to 40 symptoms for 4 years before reaching menopause at an average age of 51. Take a look below at some top tips to make your workplace Menopause-friendly.

Top 5 tips for making the workplace more menopause-friendly

  • Introduce flexitime

Did you know 25% of women consider leaving their workplace when going through menopause? Having a menopause-friendly workplace can reduce staff turnover, strengthen relationships, and gain loyalty. Flexitime allows women going through menopause or partners of women experiencing menopause to start the working day later after a tiresome night due to insomnia or night sweats.

  • Provide a comfortable working environment

It costs £30,000 on average to replace a woman on £25,000. Instead, consider investing in equipment to make the working environment more comfortable. You could start by providing desk fans to regulate temperatures caused by hot flushes, or moving desks around so staff members that need to use the toilet more regularly are closer to them.

  • Start talking about menopause

Get the conversation started and keep it going. Encourage staff members to share their experiences so they know they are not alone and shouldn’t be embarrassed. If your workplace is more open about menopause, it will reduce anxiety and negative thoughts early on and maintain engagement with their role.

  • Send staff on training workshops to educate them

By educating staff on menopause, you are taking the first steps to becoming a menopause-friendly workplace. Being menopause-friendly can improve company reviews and entice more applicants for job vacancies. Many women also don’t know when they are going through menopause; being aware of all the symptoms and behavioural changes could help staff get an earlier diagnosis.

  • Introduce a menopause policy

Just like maternity leave and sickness days, menopause should be taken as seriously. Symptoms can become so severe that menopause can be considered a disability. Introducing a menopause policy can create fairness and inclusivity in the workplace.

Please get in touch if we can help with your workplace become more menopause friendly.

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