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Menopause and the Workplace: Breaking the Stigma


Today, we shed light on a significant workplace issue that affects many women but often goes unnoticed - menopause. Menopausal women are the fastest-growing demographic in the workplace, yet 10% of women leave their jobs due to the challenges they face during this phase of life.


On World Menopause Day, organizations worldwide came together to raise awareness and to shatter the stigma surrounding menopause. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2023, 80% of people going through menopause are in the workforce. Of those working, nearly half note that their menopause symptoms have a negative affect at work.


At MiDOViA, we advocate for diversity in life choices and work towards creating an environment where talent can thrive at all stages of life. Companies are becoming increasingly aware of the health issues women face throughout their careers; however, one critical aspect often overlooked is the impact of menopause on women's careers. In fact, studies have shown that 8% of women did not apply for a promotion and 14% moved to a part time role. We are losing experienced talent who are at the prime of their careers.


There are over 34 symptoms that can present during menopause, such as hot flashes, heavy flooding bleeding, UTIs, concentration difficulties and insomnia. Each has its own unique set of challenges which can be disruptive, eroding a woman's career.


Menopause poses a significant workplace challenge for many women, and a significant percentage remain silent and simply endure it, which can ultimately hinder career progression. It's time we bring these symptoms out in the open. Menopause is a transition in a stage of an individual’s life. Let’s begin to normalize the conversation.


By 2025, it’s estimated that there will be over one billion women worldwide experiencing menopause, making up 12% of the entire global population. Surprisingly, over 80% of women will experience debilitating menopausal symptoms for more than a year, with many still experiencing symptoms seven years after their final period.


To address these issues, employers can take several steps to retain and attract employees:

  • Education: When employees have accurate information and knowledge about menopausal symptoms they are able to make informed choices for their healthcare, which has a significant impact on quality of life.

  • Provide Resources: Include information about your organization’s benefit options, which may include menopause support. Offer individual health coaching as part of your well-being programs and signpost other organizations and healthcare options so that employees get the right treatment to manage their symptoms. There are many options available and they do not have to suffer.

  • Implement Menopause Policies: When employees feel they are supported by organizations, they are more satisfied at work, increasing employee satisfaction.

  • Explore Workplace Accommodations: Offer modifications to employees work hours or remote work options, allow employees to change temperature control, provide necessary breaks and allow for breathable uniforms to be worn.

  • Normalize the Conversation: Encourage open discussions about menopause and create a safe, supportive culture for employees to talk openly to managers and HR.

The impact of menopause on the workplace is significant, with productivity losses exceeding $1.8 billion annually. Creating and implementing a supportive work environment for women in this stage of life can help reduce stigma, boost productivity, increase employee retention and create a more inclusive workplace.


Let's continue these vital conversations and work towards a more inclusive and supportive workforce for all.


We can help to come alongside you to design a workplace policy and plan. For more information on how you can bring menopause in the workplace training for your employees, managers, HR staff and ERG leads, reach out to us at info@midovia.com. You can find us at www.midovia.com.


Together, we can make a positive change in the workplace, ensuring that women at all stages of life have the support and understanding they need.



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