Menopause at Work
One of my friends has become ‘obsessed with the menopause’ and she sent me a link to this feature on Get The Gloss. In a report, Dr Ros Altmann, a government campaigner for older workers says that ‘women are forced out of jobs due to the menopause,’ because this subject is still taboo and ‘just not on the work radar… women get no support in the workplace.’ Advising the government on how to keep over-50s in the workforce, the doctor mooted the idea of training for employers on how to manage the menopause but said she’d have to be brave because ‘nobody ever wants to talk about it.’
I’m not quite sure how I feel about the idea of a Menopause Training Day; be good to reduce the stigma in an air-conditioned room with lots of iced water and empathetic colleagues – but who’s going to tell our male workmates that they might want to sit this one out…
For more practical information, I found a blog post on The Menopause at Work on The Menopause Exchange site.