The Devastating Effect of Menopause on Women in the Workplace

Heath & Her provide solutions to help UK businesses overcome menopause challenges

Research conducted by menopause specialists, Health & Her, indicates the devastating effect menopause has on both employees and employers, with 10% of women leaving the workforce due to menopause and 1 in 4 considering leaving. For those who stay, their quality of work and working experience are seriously affected, with 15% of women saying they have called in sick due to menopausal symptoms.

The impact of menopause on businesses is only just beginning to be fully understood, with research suggesting that perimenopause and menopause is costing UK businesses 14 million working days per year, the equivalent of £1.88 billion in lost productivity each year.

Research has also suggested that due to the difficulty of perimenopause and menopause symptoms, women in the workplace are struggling to perform at work.  Almost a quarter of perimenopausal women surveyed admitted to making mistakes at work, while 6% had to skip work meetings to deal with the severity of their symptoms.

For some, it is too much to carry on working altogether, with research indicating that 370,000 women in the UK aged between 50 and 64 have left, or considered leaving, their career due to the intensity of their symptoms. Another quarter had to reduce their hours or change their working pattern entirely.

After conducting extensive research into what women wanted to help them through their menopause journey in the workplace, Health & Her launched a personalised Employer Menopause Support Plan.  This plan allows employers to empower their workers with specialist advice, training and discounts on supplements and solutions – all things that women told Health & Her they wanted.

The Health & Her Employer Menopause Support Plan has been developed by the UK’s leading female health pioneers. The holistic package offers clinic access to menopause-specialist GPs, expert advice and articles, managerial and employee training, digital tools to help track and manage menopause symptoms, and GP-led webinars designed to inform and support both menopausal women and the employees who work with and manage them.

Co-founder of Health & Her, Kate Bache, says: “This support plan is a positive first step in creating workplaces that better support female employees experiencing perimenopause or menopausal symptoms. With the Office of National Statistics suggesting that women aged 50 to 64 are the fastest growing economically active group, businesses need to adapt and create an environment that upholds and nourishes this talented, experienced, and able demographic – rather than risk losing them altogether.

“What is important to remember is that each menopause is unique – every woman is an individual, who has an individual experience of menopause. As such, helping to support women going through perimenopause and menopause, businesses must develop a culture and policy approach that both encourages menopausal women generally and helps target their specific needs and requirements.” 

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