Despite this being the case, women are still saying that there isn’t enough understanding or support from their employer when they are going through the menopause.
A recently launched survey by Gen-M found that
This all leads to menopausal women feeling unsupported at work, struggling with their symptoms whilst working and concerned for their job security.
Many women also leave jobs because they find it difficult to cope at work due to the side effects they are experiencing.
This makes it very clear that there needs to be more support for menopausal women in the workplace.
Everyone’s menopause experience will be different, some may notice no change in their bodies or emotions, where others will notice big changes and experience distressing side effects. Whatever your experience, there are lots of things that you can do personally to cope through your menopause at work:
Obviously not everyone will experience side effects, but if you do it can be difficult to hide them at work. There are a few things you can do to minimise symptoms or work around them.
The research shows that many workplaces are still unprepared for supporting their menopausal workforce. Everyone can help their manager and colleagues understand what they and many other colleagues are going through.
If your company is not supportive of what you are going through, they maybe don’t understand exactly what the side effects of the menopause are, how debilitating they are and the emotional impact the menopause can have.
You could provide them with some information on the menopause and symptoms, so they have a better understanding and can better support all their employees. There are lots of amazing websites, podcasts, webinars, training, etc that they can access to increase their understanding and improve their menopause support.
If you would like more support through your menopause, my Menopause Positivity Planner is a unique support resource, that combines coaching exercises and coping strategies with a journal to fully support you through your menopause.
Its purpose is to help you feel happy, in control and able to prioritise what is important to you in what can be a really exciting time of your life, and it is getting 5 star reviews from women who are already using it.
I wanted this positivity planner for my daughter who is suffering from the unpleasant effects of the Menopause. She is juggling running a business, running a home and managing her family whilst suffering insomnia and hot flushes and night sweats which are the unpleasant side effects of this period of life that affects most of us females.
This lovely little book by Sarah Banks is a game changer and I cannot wait to give it to my daughter. The book is laid out so well and I know it’s positive approach to the menopause along with all the various tips, planners, guidance and sound common sense is going to be so well received. This book is a must for anyone who is approaching or going through the menopause. Five stars.
This is a really good idea for any woman who is going through the menopause.
It enables you to feel like you’re taking a bit of control back and helped me chart whether any supplements or changes of diet had any effect on my symptoms.
It’s well laid out and filled with tips and helpful advice.
With the inevitable brain fog this really helps when seeking medical advice, you can easily refer back to inform your doctor of your range of symptoms and how often/severe they are.
As part of my Taking Control series I have interviewed the lovely and very knowledgable Sam Simister, co-founder of Gen-M.