Menopause is a workplace issue. Over 600 women told us about their experience of menopause at work. Because of their stories we wanted to do more to offer help, guidance and support to our members, our reps and their employers.
Our survey found that many members want to see a change in the way the menopause is treated at work.
Members described high levels of anxiety and depression, they described feeling unable to talk to line managers or colleagues about what they were experiencing.
Women felt they were unsupported, pushed out of work, unable to access training or promotion opportunities. Women described being laughed at by colleagues, and so many women didn’t realise they were in menopause for many years, worrying they were seriously ill for another reason.
We have created a pack of resources to educate and support members about this important workplace issue. Unions have a key role here; reps can support members and press employers to act to make workplaces more menopause-friendly and these resources will give the grounding to enable that work to happen.
We have produced a guide for reps and members – Menopause in the workplace. It reveals the results from our survey; sets out the business, legal and social justice case for action on the issue; gives advice and guidance around workplace policy and practice; and signposts to other useful resources and organisations.
Our menopause model policy captures the best practice we’ve uncovered, in an agreement that can be used by reps or members in discussions with employers.
Our Head of Equalities, Lauren Crowley, has blogged about why menopause is a workplace issue.