Workplace Menopause Training

Menopause Training in the workplace is essential because of the impact on performance that menopause has on women who are experiencing symptoms. There are more women over 50 in the workplace than ever before and, although not all of them will experience menopause symptoms, about 75% will be adversely affected, 25% severely.

The implications for organisations who do not provide appropriate support include:

  • Increased sick leave
  • Under-performance
  • Lower productivity
  • Absenteeism
  • Poor staff retention
  • Low morale
  • Claims of bullying and harassment

Research carried out for The British Occupational Health Research Foundation by the University of Nottingham found that 42 per cent of the women surveyed agreed or strongly agreed that their performance had been negatively impacted by their menopausal symptoms.

The survey also showed that many women believed that their working environment was responsible for making their symptoms worse. Some women received considerable understanding and help from their colleagues and managers and it was greatly valued. ‘They believed it enabled them to continue working well and productively.’

What can organisations do?

One of the main recommendations from the BOHRF and subsequent workplace reports is the need to provide menopause training for line-managers so that they are aware of how the symptoms can affect working women and what adjustments may be necessary to support them.

Women employees may also need menopause training so that they can take action to mitigate their symptoms and advocate for the help they need.

Training of Line-Managers and female staff will enable them to feel confident to have open conversations about what can be a sensitive issue.

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About Pat Duckworth

Hi, I’m Pat Duckworth, the Founder of Smarter Menopause. I am a Women’s Health Strategist specialising in working with businesses and organisations who are committed to supporting women colleagues at menopause

From research and from my experience I understand that when women receive appropriate support in the workplace they are able to work more efficiently and effectively. Women who feel they can speak openly to their managers about what they are experiencing are likely to have less sick absence, better relationships with colleagues and improved morale

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Pat Duckworth is a public speaker and trainer who speaks at events worldwide. She speaks on a range of well being subjects, menopause, midlife entrepreneurship and NLP.

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In 2012 I published my first Award-winning book ‘Hot Women, Cool Solutions; How to control menopause symptoms using mind/body techniques’.

I have written three more books on the subject of menopause and midlife: ‘How to Survive Her Menopause; A practical guide to women’s health for men’, ‘Cool Recipes for Hot Women; How to eat your way to a healthy menopause.’, ‘Hot Women Rock: How to discover your entrepreneurial mojo,’ #1 International Bestseller.