Menopause is a key workplace issue. It is an equality issue as well as a health and safety issue and will impact all women at some point in their lives.
People often suffer in silence with their menopause symptoms in the workplace. Which is why we signed the Wellbeing of Women Menopause Workplace Pledge to take positive action to make sure our colleagues going through the menopause are supported.
By signing the Menopause Workplace Pledge, we commit to:
• Recognising that the menopause can be an issue in the workplace and women need support
• Talking openly, positively and respectfully about the menopause
• Actively supporting and informing our colleagues affected by the menopause
Tiffany Newman, Head of HR & OD at Elim had this to say about the pledge;
‘Elim is pleased to be able to demonstrate our support for colleagues going through the perimenopause and menopause by committing to Wellbeing for Women. We know that there are many challenges during this time in womens’ life and want our managers to be able to support their teams and for Elim to retain these valued colleagues in our business.’
What is the menopause?
The menopause is when a woman stops having periods and is no longer able to conceive naturally. Most women go through it between the ages of 45 and 55, but symptoms can begin months before your periods stop and last for a few years afterwards.
What are the symptoms?
Most women experience menopause symptoms. Some can be severe and affect your everyday life. These can include; hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings and anxiety, difficulty sleeping and difficulty remembering things and concentrating.
If you are struggling with the symptoms of menopause your GP will be able to offer advice or treatment, which may include hormone replacement therapy (HRT). You may also be offered Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – a talking therapy that can help with anxiety and low mood.
For useful resources, webinars and advice visit www.everywoman.com/menopause-resource-hub. You can also visit www.healthtalk.org to listen and read about women's personal experiences of the menopause.