Why is supporting the menopause in the workplace important?
Experiencing menopause symptoms can pose a challenge as people go about their daily lives, including at work. A bad night’s sleep can affect concentration, for example, while heavy periods or hot flushes can be physically distressing and embarrassing in front of colleagues or clients (Brewis et al 2017).
Research shows that 3 in 5 employees experiencing menopause transition believe their symptoms have a negative impact on them at work (CIPD 2019), and many women leave their jobs, reduce their hours or pass up promotions, because of their menopausal symptoms.
Therefore, supporting the menopause at work like any other long term health condition, including making reasonable adjustments, is important to help employees to stay well at work and feel that they can remain in their employment.
Equally, the university has a duty of care to its employees under both the Equality Act 2010, which protects workers against discrimination, and the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, which says an employer must, where reasonably practical, ensure everyone's health, safety, and welfare at work.