Studies show that women in menopause are the fastest-growing demographic in the workforce.1 That’s great news, except when you throw in menopause symptoms, which for some may be difficult and can make meeting professional expectations and deadlines more challenging than before.
The average age of menopause is 51 years,3 which is when many professional women thrive in the workplace. No two women will have the same experience of menopause. Some may have mild symptoms such as hot flashes, trouble sleeping, mood swings, or poor concentration.3 Others may have more difficult symptoms that impact their quality of life and how they perform at their jobs.3
What’s more, because menopause is not considered “polite conversation”, and many don’t know enough about it, it can be difficult to talk to managers about your symptoms and get the support you need.
Management training and a supportive employment policy can make a huge difference to women in the workplace and create an environment that’s inclusive and supportive. Flexible working hours or remote work can help women deal with their symptoms away from the stress and demands of daily office life.2 Simple creature comforts, such as improved ventilation can be helpful for those with hot flashes.2
A supportive workplace will keep women motivated, loyal, and committed to their work. This is good for the organisation as well, as you have less staff churn and a good reputation.
Take the menopause symptoms questionnaire before your next appointment and take it with to discuss with your doctor.