With 38% of female employees at menopausal age, we recognise the importance of breaking down barriers and supporting our workforce.

Supporting employees going through menopause is not only compassionate but also beneficial for businesses as it can lead to increased productivity, retention and overall employee wellbeing. Here are some tips for businesses to better support with menopause:

Education and awareness – Provide education and training for both managers and employees on menopause, it’s symptoms and its potential impact on work. This can help reduce misunderstandings and stigma.

Flexible working arrangements – Offer flexible work options such as adjusted work hours or remote working to accommodate employees who may be dealing with fatigue or other symptoms.

Adjust temperature and comfort –  Maintain a comfortable working environment by allowing employees to control the temperature and providing access to fans, heaters or cooling devices so everyone in the office can be happy.

Wellness programmes – Include menopause-related health information in your wellness programmes. Promote exercise, nutrition and mental health strategies that can help alleviate symptoms.

Supportive policies – Review and update HR policies to accommodate employees who need adjustments due to menopause. This may include allowing more breaks, temporary job sharing or extended sick leave if necessary. Realise can help with these if you need support.

Open communication – Encourage open and confidential communication between employees and managers. Ensure employees feel comfortable discussing their needs and concerns.

Access to information: Provide easy access to resources and information about menopause through the company’s intranet, pamphlets or workshops.

By implementing these strategies, businesses can create a more inclusive and supportive work environment for employees going through menopause which in turn can lead to a happier healthier and more productive workforce.

If you need any further assistance with menopause policies or anything else, please feel free to reach out to us.