In the run-up to World Menopause Day (18 October), which aims to raise awareness of support available to women experiencing the menopause, we explore why it’s time to talk…
Counting the cost – almost 400,000 women in the UK have left or considered leaving their career because dealing with symptoms at work was too challenging. Losing women at the peak of their careers could be damaging for productivity, morale, diversity, and also hit your bottom line.
Lost productivity – 14 million working days are estimated to be lost each year as a result of time out needed to manage menopausal symptoms. No two womens’ experience is the same so discuss and understand how to support individuals to carry out their role in comfort.
Tribunal claims triple – claims referencing the menopause have tripled in three years, showing an increasing likelihood of challenge from employees if they feel they’ve not been adequately supported or treated fairly during this time.
Closing on 17 September, The House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee is asking for submissions to their inquiry into the extent of discrimination relating to menopause in the workplace.
Over the next few weeks we’ll be looking at what claims can be made, what you can be doing now, and what to expect on the horizon.