Menopause is a natural process and can cause changes to the body, but can be seen as an exciting new change, as women have a midlife mental shift and embrace the challenge, with others seeing it as a positive, as it improves other conditions that they might have.

Coping with Menopausal symptoms in the workplace can be challenging, as some women might find it a topic so personal, that they are unable to discuss with their Employer.

Women need to seek support and advise on how to cope with their symptoms, which can be mild to quite debilitating, having hot flushes, painful periods, fatigue, poor concentration, mood swings, embarrassing situations and knocking self-confidence to name a few.

Some women may feel that they are unable to discuss with their Employer, if male or young, considering that there might be a lack of understanding, even considering terminating their employment, or reducing their hours to manage work.

From an Employer’s perspective, the more open and approachable they are, the more the Employee will feel able to have that open discussion. It is important that Managers gain awareness through training to support women, to show that they have understanding.

Flexible working could be an option, with exploration of the work environment and if the temperature affects the individual, considering adjustments to support them, with possibly a fan, seated by a window, access to alter the room temperature, or quiet break out areas.

If the woman is suffering with fatigue and poor concentration, consider regular set breaks to help her clear her mind, help set reminders for work to prioritise, on the phone or computer.

Consider a Menopause Policy, so that women know how they can be supported and what they can expect from their Employer.

Run awareness workshops for Menopause, offering support and resources for Management and women.

Make sure Health and Safety Risk Assessments are in place and kept up to date, to support women experiencing menopausal symptoms. These should be regularly reviewed to make sure that the environment is not impacting women’s symptoms.

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