This is a guest post from Angela Thorogood, a PhD student at the University of Bedfordshire – investigating the menopause and women’s experiences within the workplace.
The menopause is part of the aging process, is not a medical disease, and does not discriminate – it will affect every woman at some point. We are now in a new world of work where women are working longer, incorporating the fourth generation. Nearly half of the UK workforce are women (47%), aged 50 years or older. According to current research by Amanda Griffiths, an Occupational Health Psychologist from the University of Nottingham, found that many women struggled to cope with menopausal issues within their places of work as it is not a subject that is easily spoken about. Menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes, tiredness, feelings of anxiety and depression can have a massive impact on occupational health.
‘It’s getting hot in here, so hot, I wanna take off all my clothes’… How many times have women experiencing menopausal symptoms at work felt embarrassed and humiliated, made excuses to leave or phoned in sick to escape their working environment? In 2007, Menopause the Musical, written and produced by Jeanie Linders, is a celebration of women and The Change. It’s been reported that the musical was written after a bottle of wine and a hot flush.
To help develop a rich and diverse working culture within the workplace, research suggests that employers can help improve working conditions for women experiencing the menopause.
To access more tips and advice on approaching menopause in the workplace, please visit: http://www.thebms.org.uk/ AND http://www.menopausematters.co.uk/
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