Millions of women work through the menopause, but it is rarely part of the organisational health and wellbeing dialogue and, when discussed, is often shrouded in euphemism.
- Most women experience the menopause between the ages of 45 and 55 but it and the many symptoms can be experienced earlier.
- Three-quarters of menopausal women experience symptoms which can vary in intensity.
- 1-in-4 women describe their symptoms as significant.
- Around 3.5 million older women are in employment.
- A quarter of women interviewed for a survey about menopause at work said they had considered leaving their jobs because of it.
Think about the number of older women in your organisation.
Think about the roles they hold and the experience they have.
From menopause to maternity
Bec Development is organising an evening event to discuss two topics – menopause and maternity.
As Helen Tiffany, MD of the Bec Development, explains it: “I am currently going through the menopause and am very aware how it can impact on everything from energy levels to confidence. My conversations with a whole range of women at various stages in their careers make it very clear that many of this issues are also experienced by women starting families. Yet the debate about these topics seems to be extremely limited. We’d like to change that.”
- Starting a family – workplace attitudes have evolved but what’s missing from current thinking?
- Is “menopause” the last HR taboo?
- What should organisations being doing to prevent the female brain drain?
The event will be held in central London. Find out more
Who moved my beans?
Helen decided to organise the event after the response to an article she wrote about her own experience of the menopause. Read the original article
“Maternity. Menopause. Each year millions of women ask themselves life-changing questions about their work and career paths because of one of those words. The conclusions they come to can profoundly influence what they earn, the roles they undertake and the way they work. These conclusions also impact the organisations they work with.”