90% of women find the menopause affects their working life, but a majority
say they feel uncomfortable talking about it at work due to embarrassment
By taking some simple, cost-effective steps, organisations can reduce
stigma surrounding the menopause, and create an open workplace culture
that all employees can benefit from.
Listen – select passionate employees as ambassadors,
who will listen to their colleague’s needs, provide feedback, and
Engage leaders – inform managers to get your
project off the ground, right from the start.
Encourage stories –one of the best ways to raise
awareness is to share individual experiences. Create an online portal
or chat group where people can tell their stories and connect with
Include every employee – “We know that menopause
isn’t just an issue for women”, says Sarah Beisly, Diversity and
Inclusion Manager at Sainsbury’s. Get everyone involved in the
conversation, including men.
Get expert help – work with an organisation that has
extensive knowledge about the menopause and how to set up a workplace
Start now – by getting the ball rolling today, the
benefits of a workforce that feels supported will soon become clear.
This will pave the way for a more inclusive, open workplace for the