Should women be given menopause leave?

Should women be given menopause leave?

The issue of whether or not female employees should be entitled to other, more specific, types of benefits has been rolling round the HR sphere for a while now. With news that certain companies are allowing women to take ‘period leave’, a day off every month when their period pains take hold, has led some businesses to question whether ‘menopause leave’ should be enacted.    

Recently, a Government report suggested that desk fans should be installed in offices in order to help women going through the menopause. The report from the Government Equalities Office, found that a lot of female workers struggle in traditional office environments due to hot flushes and headaches associated with the menopause.

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Comments (3)

  • Mary Sevremont
    Mary Sevremont
    Mon, 4 Sep 2017 2:05pm BST
    I am in menopause at age 36. Sadly, mine is due to having ovarian cancer - the wonderful journey meant that I had to have major surgery, having my insides either removed, re sectioned or repaired. I had 40 staples, a suprapubic catheter for 6 weeks, radiotherapy, a blood clots and a 12 week recovery (I am sporting some significant scars!).

    Then the delightful menopause - the fact that I cannot sleep, every single bone in my body aches - I don't mean it just aches a bit, it aches all the time, like niggling tooth ache, I am fed up of hot flushes, mood swings, the migraines and being exhausted.

    That said, I put on my positive pants, work full time at a director level position, look after three children under 10, run a recruitment business, run a house including cooking all means, washing ironing etc.

    I have an understanding boss - a male too - one who is sympathetic to my situation, after he has supported his wife through menopause.

    Apologies if this impacts on all the guys who are moaning about equality - this is something that is just applicable to females, your mothers, sisters, wives and daughters will all have to deal with this during their life;
  • Helen Hooper
    Helen Hooper
    Wed, 23 Aug 2017 3:55pm BST
    Whilst it is always good to have a conversation on this topic, is giving leave nothing more than a sticky plaster.

    Surely a more long-term solution would be to provide real and achievable help to women in the workplace that would keep them in their jobs and functioning to their usual levels of productivity.

    The menopause isn't an illness, nor does it have to come with all the 'symptoms' that so many women now seem to suffer from.

    Addressing wellness as a valued part of any company structure would be much more productive way of supporting women through this time in their lives.

    Nutrition, exercise and mindset play an invaluable role in navigating the menopause, and bringing this into workplaces in a useable format would certainly be a positive step forward that would benefit both the staff and the companies they work for.


  • Orwell
    Orwell
    Mon, 7 Aug 2017 3:30pm BST
    Absolutely not.
    Same goes for Period pain leave, bad make up leave, I took a bad selfie leave, I only got 100 likes on my birthday and feel depressed leave and I meant to order a skinny latte but got a caramel infused, triple shot expresso with chocolate shavings and double cream and feel guilty leave etc.
    Women have total equality..... so stop wanting everything.
    Perhaps it's a case of "Some are more equal than others"

    George

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