Menopause and the workplace
We’re dedicated to being an inclusive workplace that supports our colleagues to be the best they can be at work. And as part of our civic engagement, we want to share some of our resources & information with our community & external stakeholders.
The menopause is something that many of us will experience in our lives, either directly or through a colleague or loved one. People going through the menopause is a fast growing demographic in the workplace, and is covered under the Equality Act 2010, on the grounds of sex, age, or disability discrimination.
Lack of knowledge and understanding can lead to someone being mistakenly seen as constantly having health issues which restrict them from fulfilling their normal role. As a consequence, they may suffer in silence, be afraid to approach anyone for help, lose confidence, feel isolated, and leave their place of employment.
And so, we are committed to making sure our staff, students & local community have appropriate resources and places to get help and advice – we’re even working towards becoming an accredited ‘menopause friendly workplace.
Here’s what we’re doing to meet this goal
- Created a Menopause policy to set guidelines for us to meet as an organisation
- Organising opportunities for people to share and discuss their experiences, and gain support from others.
- Delivering events & activities to keep us informed, engaged & aware about the menopause from information & challenges through to sharing advice, information & guidance
Keep reading to find loads of useful resources for everyone to use.
What is menopause?
Often referred to as ‘the change of life’. Physiological changes begin and normally happen between the ages of 45 and 55 but can occur sooner and continue past the age of 55.
The effects on a woman’s physical and emotional health can significantly impact on her work and her relationships with colleagues.
The changes involved in the body can be mild to severe and in some cases, the symptoms can be debilitating. Appropriate support can help prevent anyone around us going through it feeling isolated and vulnerable.
Common symptoms can include:
- Hot flushes
- Problems with memory and concentration
- Headaches and migraines
- Difficulty sleeping
- Low mood or anxiety
- Skin irritation
It can be extremely daunting talking to someone who has no idea about the menopause. Whether you’re a line manager or a colleague, a family member or a friend, you can help by being aware of the symptoms and how you can support the person, so that they don't feel embarrassed to approach you to discuss how the menopause is affecting their health.
Events on the menopause
Here are a few events we've held on menopause in the workplace – check out the recording!
- An evening with Karen Arthur: Celebrating life after 50
- The Menopause - Challenging the Taboo
- Hormones, the menopause and mental health
- Men, the menopause and allyship - it's not just a female issue
- Visit our What’s On pages to keep updated on all of our events.
- LSBU Menopause Policy
- Manager's guide
- Health and Her
- Menopause at Work
- Menopause Cafe
- Menopause Doctor
- Menopause Matters
- Manage My Menopause
- Balance (smartphone app)
- Talking Menopause
- Menopause Support
- NICE Guidelines
- Squeezy (smartphone app)
- Daisy Network
- The Eve Appeal
- Endometriosis UK
- You and Your Hormones
Where to get support
- Talk to your GP - contact your GP surgery if you’re struggling with menopause symptoms or would like advice about any aspect of menopause.
- Talk to your line manager or teacher.
- Ask to be referred to Occupational Health.
- Contact a counselling service such as employee assistance programme.
- Reach out to friends or family members.
- LSBU Menopause Policy
- The Guardian - A third of women hide menopause symptoms at work - report
- Love Reading - 11 Menopause Books to Reassure, Inspire and Support You
- The Happy Menopause Podcast - My Top 10 Menopause-Friendly Foods
- Marilyn Glenville blog
- Kindle book - Surgical Menopause: Not Your Typical Menopause
- Women's Health Concern
- The BMS
- Menopause: All you need to know in one concise manual by Dr Louise Newson