Mental Health in the Workplace – Menopause
Lincoln Occupational Health works in partnership with leading London law firm, Edwin Coe LLP. I thought you would be interested in reading this article, recently written by their Employment team.
Mental health in the workplace wears many faces, but one area that has been and continues to be overlooked by many (both employers and employees alike), is menopause.
General awareness of what menopause entails is limited with many people associating it principally with hot flushes, however there are numerous other symptoms (more than 30 physical and mental conditions that may be caused by menopause transition) including difficulty with sleeping, problems with memory or concentration, fatigue, anxiety and depression.
A recent study by the Fawcett Society, believed to be the largest survey of menopausal women in the UK, paints a damning picture of work in UK for menopausal women, with eight in 10 women reporting that their employer has not shared information, provided any training or put in place a menopause policy and one in 10 women reporting they had left a job due to their symptoms. Mapped on to the UK population, this survey represents an estimated 333,000 women leaving their jobs due to menopause. With over a third of the working age population now being over 50, tackling the stigma associated with the menopause, helping people understand its impacts and implementing practical and supportive solutions is more important than ever.
Whilst there are lobby groups pushing for changes in the law to require employers to support women with menopause, the survey also sets out further recommendations which can be actioned much quicker and at minimal cost, including…
Read the complete article on Edwin Coe’s website.