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Menopause at Work

Updated: Jan 7

The menopause affects every woman differently, both physically and emotionally. It’s proven the impact on an individual’s health can affect absence and productivity, how they work and their relationships with colleagues.


With recorded reports and incidents passing across my desk during 2020 it’s obvious discrimination cases will rise.


My concern is how many people aren’t aware of their rights and who are either not aware how to seek support or concerned what will happen if they do.


Having supported people suffering both direct and indirect workplace discrimination it seems SMEs are aligning policy to support, whilst the corporate beasts lag behind.


Again, in my professional experience, this is down to old hat 50-something male managers, whose only contribution is a bullying and divisive style of management.


There’s plenty of information and advice out there to support people in the workplace. Here’s a small list of resources I’ve come across recently:


Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development | @CIPD

https://www.cipd.co.uk/Images/menopause-guide-for-people-managers_tcm18-55548.pdf

British Menopause Society | @BrMenopauseSoc

https://thebms.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/07-BMS-TfC-Menopause-and-the-workplace-APR2020.pdf


Unison | @UnisonTheUnion

https://www.unison.org.uk/content/uploads/2019/10/25831.pdf


TUC | @The_TUC

https://www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/Menopause%20survey%20report%20FINAL_0.pdf


Sexual Health Company | @FPAResources

https://fpa.org.uk/sites/default/files/FPA-Your-Guide-to-Menopause-locked.pdf



Who’s doing what? The HR community is helping drive and shape what’s needed to tackle this taboo yet as it’s unlikely to receive significant government attention its important organisations are challenged by their own employees on current and future provisions and adjustments.

Culture is key Surely we can all see this, no?

Discrimination Organisations risk facing claims for sex discrimination under the Equality Act 2010 if they fail to properly support their female employees and this in turn can and should have an adverse effect on a business’s reputation.

What next? Check existing company policies, portals and handbooks. If there’s nothing specific, organise something. Poor management responses? Record it, timeline it, evidence it and contact HR.


#Equality #Wellnessatwork

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