Should employers cater to menopause as they do for pregnancy?

Should employers cater to menopause as they do for pregnancy?

Managers should be trained on dealing with sensitive issues such as menopause to help people feel more comfortable discussing such topics at work, according to an employment law consultant.

Enrique Garcia, an employment law consultant for the ELAS Group, says menopause is increasingly being viewed as an occupational health issue. “This demonstrates the need for it to be handled appropriately in the workplace,” he said.

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Comments (3)

  • Peeps
    Tue, 23 Jan 2018 1:21pm GMT
    I think support counts for a lot. I work in a team where several of us are "of a certain age"; the camaraderie of shared experience, the ability to laugh at ourselves and to cover one another's minor faux pas takes away the need to try and pretend that it's "just nothing". It's something, a big something and unlike pregnancy it has no defined beginning or end and can go on for years. Some basic things that equate to treating people like human beings - nipping to the loo when required, taking breaks, adjusting the room temperature ... have a significant positive effect. Let's put back the human in Human Resources!
  • Sarah
    Tue, 23 Jan 2018 1:09pm GMT
    This is a good step in the right direction. But there is a glaring gap - no mention of anxiety, which is one of the biggest symptoms. Often this comes on overnight in women who have no history of anxiety, and as they still have their periods, then they have NO idea it's to do with peri-menopause, and think they are going insane. Very very frightening. I know of some women who've just been unable to leave the house, let alone perform at a job.
  • Boris
    Tue, 23 Jan 2018 12:50pm GMT
    I agree wholeheartedly with this. Menopause is a serious issue and for many it is practically disabling. We live in a society that is finally breaking down walls to taboo subjects, such as those transitioning or going through IVF, yet menopause is all but ignored or made fun of. It's about time that provision was made to accommodate those women who's symptoms require understanding, not ridicule. I really hope that changing attitudes will move things forward for women going through menopause.

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