How can I start the conversation about menopause at work?
This is a question we get asked a LOT. It might be you’ve already got a women’s network or informal support group at work where you feel able to talk openly. We’re here to help you raise menopause to the next level and feel confident in talking with your colleagues and bosses… and get the support you need.
Menopausal symptoms at work
Hot flushes, insomnia, brain fog… around 80% of women in the UK have menopausal symptoms. Of these, a quarter experience severe symptoms. Meanwhile, over 75% of women don’t realise their symptoms are due to the menopause.
Even though menopause is a natural life event for women, it often feels like a taboo subject in the workplace. Yet your menopause symptoms can have a huge impact on your performance and productivity at work. How many of these have you experienced?
Menopause shouldn’t affect your career
A recent survey undertaken by one of our clients, West Midlands Police, found that over 80% of women admitted to their symptoms having affected them at work.
If you’re going through the menopause at work, you might be thinking about…
Reducing your hours
Changing roles to a less demanding position
Being absent from work
Giving up work completely
The menopause should not affect your career. We know that when menopause is managed correctly, it can help increase job satisfaction and performance.
How we normalise menopause at work
From our research we know women often feel unable to talk to their managers about menopausal symptoms. At Talking Menopause, we work in partnership with your organisation to create a culture change, increase the visibility of menopause and make sure all staff feel confident in talking about their symptoms.
One way we do this is through Targeted Workshops. These include:
Women only – we believe it’s really important to provide a safe place for women to discuss menopause at work. Many women have never openly discussed their symptoms in the workplace. This is very popular and feedback from our clients tells us that women no longer feel alone.
Men only – Menopause doesn’t just impact women. Many men are affected by menopause, either experiencing it through their partners or their colleagues at work. Through our work we’ve spoken to lots of men who’ve expressed relief at understanding what the menopause is and how they can help.
Managers only – Menopause is often seen as a private matter rather than something that needs to be managed in the workplace. This workshop focuses on the manager’s role, how they can create the right culture of openness and start that menopause conversation.