Four billion reasons: Why supporting women through menopause matters
If you’re an employer or HR professional, this article is a must-read.
Did you know that most women start the journey into menopause totally unsupported? In her latest article for HR Director magazine, our founder Helen Letchfield highlights the importance of providing support for women during the perimenopause, the years leading up to menopause when many women experience a range of symptoms.
Symptoms can include feelings of anxiety and depression, memory issues, fatigue, mood swings, weight gain, hot flushes and sleep problems. But despite the prevalence of these symptoms, many women delay seeking treatment because they mistakenly assume they should only talk to their GP when their periods stop.
But support should also start with the managers of menopausal women in the workplace. Helen suggests that encouraging open and honest conversations between managers and employees is essential, along with providing coaching and mentoring to help women talk about their experiences. Employers can also provide clear policies for how to support women going through the menopause, with practical solutions such as flexible working and reasonable adjustments to working conditions.
Menopause doesn’t have to be a taboo or shocking thing for anyone to experience. With the right support in place, women can navigate this natural life transition with confidence and ease. Let’s work together to create more menopause-friendly workplaces!