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Menopause Awareness

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Around 900,000 have quit their jobs because of the menopause. 

63% women have said that the menopause has negatively affected their job.

Why is this important?

Women make up nearly half of the UK workforce, yet;

  • nearly 900,000 quitting because of the menopause.

  • 63% saying that is has negatively affected their job.

It is important that employers understand that the menopause is a natural stage of life which affects most women and other people who have a menstrual cycle. This can include: trans people. 

Menopause and the workplace (

How will this benefit the employees?

A sensitive and caring approach to women and trans people, approaching and during the menopause can help people maintain their quality of life and improve their experience of being at work. Access to better working environments and support can help with their ability to complete their daily workload.

How will this benefit employers?

Reduced time off and improved wellbeing for women in the workplace. This can improve workplace productivity and staff retention. Older female workers can help the balance of the workplace and the employer can retain their knowledge and experience by making often, minor adjustments.

"63% women have said that the menopause has negatively affected their job."

Where to start

Review your employees and consider how many people this may affect, directly and indirectly. Check whether you have a policy or access to support for individuals.

Effective Actions

  • Employers, managers, line managers, to be trained about the menopause and its symptoms, this will enable employers to support staff equally. 

  • Implement flexible working options.

  • Develop a menopause policy & risk assessment e.g., Ventilation/temperature, uniform. 

  • Foster a caring culture, this could prevent the person from e.g., losing their confidence in their skills and abilities; having increased mental health conditions; leaving. 

  • Provide sanitary products in the rest rooms, a low-cost gesture that can help women.

How to achieve changes

Talk to your employees about menopause awareness and how they can help, encourage a more open and supportive conversation.

Useful Links

Managing the effects of the menopause: Menopause at work - Acas

Menopause in the Workplace - Business in the Community (

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