Menopause at work

Menopause is a natural phase of life that all women who reach the age of 50 will undergo. It occurs when women experience hormonal changes such as a decrease in oestrogen levels – this eventually leads to the end of menstruation.

For most women, it occurs between the ages of 45 and 55 and typically lasts between four and eight years, although it can start when women are in their 30s and last up to 18 years. Every woman is different, however, for many women, menopause can have a huge impact physically, mentally and emotionally.

In Australia, approximately 25% or the workforce, or nearly 3 million women, are estimated to be currently undergoing perimenopause or menopause. So how to manage menopause at work is a hot topic!

One of the biggest challenges faced by women undergoing “the change” is how to cope at work. Further complicating things is that menopause is often seen as a taboo topic, and therefore rarely discussed. This means that many women are too embarrassed to mention their menopausal symptoms to their boss, especially if their boss is a man, as they are concerned they will be seen as old, incapable or lazy, or be stigmatised for having “women’s issues.”

Many women are reaching the peak of their career when they undergo menopause, and for some, the juggle is too difficult to work through so they end up resigning. Some research suggests as many as 25% of menopausal women have considered leaving work because of their symptoms and that 5% do resign due to menopause.

We know that hot flushes, brain fogginess, mood swings, fatigue and anxiety don’t just appear when we are in the comfort of our home or on weekends! For many women, they show themselves ALL THE TIME. And often at the most inopportune times. Such as in that important meeting, when we are serving a customer, giving a presentation, giving a beauty treatment, having a serious conversation with a patient.

 

The economic impact of menopause at work

Dr Stephanie Faubion, executive director of the North American Menopause Society, and the director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Women’s Health, says menopause has an enormous economic impact, directly affecting work performance and productivity. Menopause doesn’t only affect the women undergoing it, but also can have a huge impact on their colleagues, male and female.

Employers can provide support by providing health and wellness promotion programs, raising managers’ awareness and generating a positive cultural environment for menopausal women at work. Having a menopause program also shows your support for gender diversity and inclusion within your workplace.

Providing the right support can mean the difference between retaining experienced and knowledgeable employees (and saving all the associated costs for both your organisation and your employee) or having them feeling unsupported and uncertain about their future and deciding to leave.

 

Menopause at work – Masterclasses

Mel offers masterclasses as single classes or as a series of three. Each can be delivered with up to 100 people for a webinar-style (i.e. limited interaction), or for a more personal engagement, capped at 20 people.

All sessions will be recorded and available for sharing or viewing later.

Longer programs, including the development of a menopause at work strategy for your workplace, are also available.

1. Managing your menopause at work 

Approximately 20% of the Australian workforce are currently undergoing menopause, however it is rarely discussed in the workplace. One of the biggest challenges faced by women undergoing “the change” is how to cope at work. Unfortunately, symptoms, which can start from your late 30s and last up to 15 years, and include hot flushes, brain fogginess, mood swings, fatigue and anxiety don’t just appear when we are in the comfort of our home or on weekends! For many women, they show themselves ALL THE TIME. In this masterclass you will learn tactics to manage your menopause symptoms while at work – at your desk, in meetings and when delivering important presentations. You will also gain the confidence to ask for support and to speak openly about menopause and your experiences with your manager and colleagues.

2. Let’s talk about menopause – 3 steps to create a menopause friendly workplace 

Almost 60% of working women aged between 45 and 55 who are experiencing menopause say their symptoms are having a negative impact on them at work. It doesn’t need to be this way. A menopause friendly workplace that supports women going through this natural life transition will have positive impacts on your whole workforce, leading to improved engagement and increased productivity. It will also strengthen your diversity, gender equality and female leadership programs. In this masterclass you will learn the three key steps to create a menopause friendly workplace so you can increase your confidence in managing and supporting your team and colleagues with menopausal symptoms.

3. Manage your menopausal mojo 

Mojo is the spark that defines us. It helps us show up and be present. It’s the energy that supports us every day. Many of the symptoms of menopause can have a very negative impact on mojo! Difficulty sleeping, hot flushes, brain fog, mood swings and increased anxiety are only a few of the symptoms that can leave us feeling exhausted. Is it any wonder so many menopausal women feel like their mojo is flagging? When our mojo is flourishing, we are motivated, have momentum and feel like we can tackle any challenge that comes our way. When our mojo is flat, every day is an effort. We start to make less-than-great choices around how we think, feel and act. You will leave this masterclass with an understanding of the five core habits that will help you manage your menopausal mojo, so you gain back enthusiasm, excitement and energy – at work and at home.

 For information please contact Mel.