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Around two million women face difficulties in work because of one of the workplace’s biggest taboos: the menopause. That’s a significant number of women currently dealing with symptoms which can be severe and temporarily debilitating. And traditionally, very hard to talk about.
To mark World Menopause Day on Friday 18th October, Acas has published new guidance to help employers and managers break the silence to support staff who are affected by menopause symptoms at work. CLICK HERE
While there are an increasing number of women speaking out about the impact that the menopause can have, we are only just beginning to shift the stigma that stops conversations and leaves women and employers lacking the right support and information. Nearly a third of women surveyed in a CIPD poll (30%) said they had taken sick leave because of their symptoms, but only a quarter of them felt able to tell their manager the real reason for their absence, because of “embarrassment” and/or “an unsupportive manager.”
Acas Chief Executive, Susan Clews, shares why the new guidance is crucial for businesses, and how it can help both employers and employees:
“Menopause will impact many working women who may feel too embarrassed to raise symptoms that are having a detrimental impact on their work. This can result in affected staff taking time off work unnecessarily when some simple measures could help them to continue to work comfortably.
“Our new advice can help employers make their workplaces inclusive and welcoming to all their staff with top tips around how to manage menopause effectively at work and keep within the law.”
Acas’ new guidance includes practical tips for employers, line managers and employees on how to create a supportive and productive culture around the menopause, as well as information on best practise and the law.
(Ever wondered if the menopause can amount to a disability? The answer is in the guidance…) CLICK HERE