Menopause Guidance for Employers – Research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) found that 3 out of 5 women between the ages of 45 and 55, who are perimenopausal or menopausal say the symptoms have a negative impact on them at work:
- With 65% less able to concentrate
- 58% experiencing more stress
- 52% Felt less patient with clients and co-workers
Further research, by other bodies, found that 25% of menopausal women have considered leaving their jobs due to symptoms and lack of support. Women between the ages of 45 and 55 make up the biggest proportion of the present workforce in the UK.
On July 18th 2022, the Government published a policy paper in response to the Menopause and employment: How to enable fulfilling working lives report. Here we look at menopause guidance for employers.
Menopause is not a specific protected characteristic
As the Equality Act 2010 protects sex, age, and disability, the Government doesn’t believe any further changes are needed. However, the policy paper has outlined recommendations suggesting actions by both the Government and employers in relation to social and financial issues.
Recommended suggestions for action by employers:
Further social and financial recommendation suggestions for action:
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