What managers can do to help those experiencing menopause at work

Market-leading workplace health, wellbeing and ergonomics company Posturite offers an insight into managing menopause at work, and what managers and employers can do to help.

Emma Wee, Neurodiversity Coach for Posturite, details how individuals can cope with the perimenopause and menopause when working and how employers can offer support.

She said:

“Perimenopause and menopause symptoms differ from person to person. Insomnia is a common symptom causing individuals to be exhausted throughout the day. Brain fog is also experienced by some women causing both memory and concentration to be affected and quite often one of the impacts of perimenopause is an increase in anxiety. There can be a huge drop in confidence for individuals when they stop being able to do the things that they previously used to be able to do and I think it’s really important to talk about the issue and discuss solutions.

“There are multiple approaches managers and employers can take at work to support those going through menopause, while remaining sensitive to the situation and continuing to look for opportunities to boost employee confidence at work. You could introduce a menopause policy and offer menopause strategy sessions with an expert, in the same way that you would provide reasonable adjustments for any other health condition or diversity.

“Women don’t have to a be made to feel as though they’re literally on the scrapheap with a tiny bit of support. A couple of tweaks and changes can make all the difference. It’s just about having the time and space to reflect on what they need.

“Don’t ask a woman if she’s menopausal. It’s not for anyone to make that assumption and it’s not for them to diagnose.”

Katharine Metters, Lead Consultant in Ergonomics at Posturite also would like to see better understanding of the perimenopause and menopause in the workplace.

She said:

“It’s important for employers to offer support to those experiencing perimenopause and menopause symptoms. A recent survey found more than 1 million people in the UK going through menopause could be forced to leave their jobs this year due to a lack of workplace support[2]. Businesses can retain the contributions of skilled staff by making minimal financial investment in time and care.

“An idea to facilitate the discussion and acceptance of menopause could be to ask for volunteers to become ‘Menopause Wellbeing Champions’ in the same way you would champion Mental Health First Aiders in your organisation. Become Menopause Friendly accredited, sign the Menopause Workplace Pledge, or hold an online talk about menopause to encourage all genders to share experiences.

“At Posturite, we offer ‘Menopause Strategy Coaching’ to put in place simple and practical adjustments, and to help individuals feel comfortable and able to manage workloads despite menopause symptoms. Our coaches look at time management and stress management, for example. We also help menopausal women in emotionally draining roles, perhaps in healthcare or social work, to avoid exhaustion and burnout. Some of the simplest changes can yield massive differences in terms of an individual’s own productivity, how efficient they are in the workplace, and also their confidence.”

Posturite provide a range of enablement services, to help employers create equal workplaces. To find out more about Menopause Strategy Coaching from Posturite, please visit the website www.posturite.co.uk or email [email protected]

[2] https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/jan/17/more-than-1m-uk-women-could-quit-their-jobs-through-lack-of-menopause-support

Author: Editorial Team

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