Menopause and the workplace

John Cook

The Fawcett Society has released a new report on menopause and the workplace, published in April 2022. The report delves into women’s experiences at work and is the largest representative survey of menopausal women conducted in the UK.

It says change is needed urgently as workplaces are failing menopausal women.

Its key findings show:

  • One in ten women who worked during the menopause have left a job due to their symptoms.
  • Eight out of ten women say their employer hasn’t shared information, trained staff, or put in place a menopause absence policy.
  • Almost half of women haven’t approached their GPs and three in ten have seen delays in diagnosis.
  • Only four in ten women were offered HRT in a timely fashion.

It has called for change through the following action points:

  • Require employers to have menopause action plans
  • Make flexible work the default
  • Implement a public information campaign and invite every woman in to speak with her GP about menopause at an appropriate age
  • Ensure GPs receive mandatory training to help diagnose menopause earlier.

To view the full report please click HERE

We have also created a template menopause policy that can be adapted to suit your organisation. To download the template, please click HERE

John Cook – Solicitor

John Cook

I am a qualified Solicitor with over 30 years’ experience running a business, managing a team, appearing in the Employment Tribunal and advising on almost every conceivable employment law and HR issue. Clients appreciate my down to earth and straight forward approach that allows them to achieve results and manage their organisation more effectively. I take the worry out of employment law and HR issues with a proactive and robust approach.