Fawcett Society report Menopause and the Workplace(pdf) finds that workplaces are failing menopausal women and change is urgently needed. This report delves into women’s experiences at work and is the largest representative survey of menopausal women conducted in the UK.
Key findings show:
- One in ten women who worked during the menopause have left a job due to their symptoms.
- Eight out of ten women say their employer hasn’t shared information, trained staff, or put in place a menopause absence policy.
- Almost half of women haven’t approached their GPs and three in ten have seen delays in diagnosis.
- Only four in ten women were offered HRT in a timely fashion.
Fawcett Society is calling for urgent change to harness the skills, experience and talents of menopausal women, so workplaces don’t lose out. They are calling on the Government to:
- Require employers to have menopause action plans
- Make flexible work the default
- Implement a public information campaign and invite every woman in to speak with her GP about menopause at an appropriate age
- Ensure GPs receive mandatory training to help diagnose menopause earlier.