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11 Jan 2023

Menopause support is vital to create a thriving work environment, regardless of location

Kathy Abernethy, director of menopause services at Peppy and immediate past Chair of the British Menopause Society, shares her expert tips on how businesses can tackle menopause in the workplace

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Menopause support is becoming an essential component in employee health and wellbeing strategies. According to REBA’s Employee Wellbeing Research 2022, in partnership with AXA Health, workplace support for gender health issues, such as menopause, could be “almost universal by 2024”. In fact, the number of companies offering menopause support has more than doubled since 2020.

With International Women’s Day on the horizon, here’s how forward-thinking organisations can launch high-impact practical menopause support on a global scale, to make sure they don’t get left behind.

Get clear on how menopause impacts your cultural and commercial goals 

Menopause has wider implications on businesses beyond the individual going through it and their closest colleagues. Menopause symptoms can be so severe that they may result in hidden absences, long-term sickness and lower morale - all of which can affect a company’s bottom line. 

In fact, 1 in 4 women going through the menopause consider leaving their job due to their symptoms. With many women at the peak of their career when menopause starts, this means businesses risk losing top female talent, but meaningful targeted support can prevent this. 

Menopause needs to be a conversation that involves everyone

Engaging your global business leaders is key to enabling meaningful change. Seek out guidance from a menopause support provider who can help you build a compelling business case for launching menopause support in your organisation. 

And remember, normalising menopause and driving momentum around the menopause conversation means involving male, non-binary and trans people too. 

Offer menopause support that is proven to work

Instead of your employees getting inaccurate information via Google, connecting them to trusted menopause experts via virtual consultations and one-to-one messaging means they’re receiving reliable advice, and this trust drives engagement. 

Employers should look for services that are clinically proven to work, like our healthcare app, which is proven to reduce severity of menopause symptoms by around a quarter over 90 days.

Menopause is not just a hot topic or trend, and it certainly can’t be ignored. In fact, the need for global menopause support will only intensify with our ageing workforce. Companies not offering effective resources run the risk of being left behind, so act now to be a frontrunner in offering menopause solutions.

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