Menopause at work FAQ

Menopausal employees are the fastest-growing demographic in the workplace. According to the faculty of occupational medicine, almost 8 out of 10 menopausal women, transgender men and non-binary, and intersex people are in work and Koru Kids estimates there are at least 5.87 million people of menopausal or premenopausal age currently working in the UK.

This means there is an increasing call for employers to support employees going through the menopause, and that makes menopause a trade union issue. The menopause is a natural part of ageing and in the UK, the average age of someone going through the menopause is currently 51 years.

A graphic featuring a Community Trade Union member going through the menopause at work that reads "8 out of 10 people going through the menopause are in work."

Without a clear understanding of the menopause, its symptoms, or the impact its symptoms can have, employers can risk alienating their employees and with 1 in 10 people leaving work because of menopause, this is a risk employers simply cannot afford to ignore. Similarly, we know that employees worry about being stigmatised by colleagues when they talk about it. That is why having a menopause policy, awareness training and the right support in place at work is vital to the health of millions of workers across the UK. That is where Community comes in.

Each year we support hundreds of Community members, by helping them understand their rights and advising on how to get adjustments to support them at work while going through the menopause.

We negotiate menopause policies into workplaces so more people get the workplace support they need when they are experiencing menopause, and promote training of line managers, so that they understand how to support menopausal employees and know how to help them.

By normalising talking about menopause, Community members feel able to speak to us in confidence, and through this we facilitate positive conversations with employers to get the right support put in place.

We have put together some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from our members to help you understand your rights, and where you stand with the menopause at work.

If you need help or advice, please contact us at or on 0800 389 6332.


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