Our latest research into Google’s online search patterns sheds light on the growing need for menopause support in the workplace.
Recent findings demonstrate a significant increase in online searches related to menopause and workplace adjustments, indicating a pressing demand for more inclusive workplaces. Online queries for ‘menopause and workplace adjustments’ have surged by a staggering 80% over the past four years (data analysed from October 2019 to September 2023). In parallel, searches for ‘menopause training course and menopause awareness training’ have risen by 75% over the same period.
Furthermore, searches for ‘menopause support in the workplace’ have increased 63% in the last four years. Intriguingly, the term ‘menopause-friendly workplace’ also saw a 63% uptick.
Nick Henderson-Mayo, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at VinciWorks, highlighted the significance of these findings, stating, “What’s clear is that menopause and its symptoms are becoming increasingly crucial issues that organisations need to address. The fact that searches for menopause and workplace adjustments have surged by 80% over the past four years indicates that employees want this issue to be taken more seriously and seek support from their employers to navigate this challenging phase.”
As more women and transgender individuals experience menopause, the need for workplace support becomes even more evident. According to an Office for National Statistics report, approximately 4.5 million women aged 50-64 are currently employed, with many contemplating leaving their jobs due to menopausal symptoms.
Nick continued, “There’s no reason firms shouldn’t be offering menopause leave. Particularly given the high cost of replacing experienced staff, losing high-performing women at this point would be a disaster. Menopause leave is a cost-neutral policy that’s not hard to implement. Increased awareness and comprehensive training is fundamental, particularly because one in ten women aged 45-55 has resigned from their jobs due to these challenges.”
Here are several actionable tips for organisations to support employees facing menopause:
- Provide training to both managers and staff to facilitate open conversations about menopause and ensure managers can recognise and support employees experiencing it.
- Break the stigma by demonstrating empathy towards staff going through menopause and asking sensitively about their needs and well-being.
- Develop a workplace menopause policy or integrate menopause into existing health and wellness policies so that employees are aware of their rights and available support.
- Consider flexible working arrangements, such as adaptable working hours or remote work options, to accommodate employees dealing with menopausal symptoms.
- Ensure workplace facilities are comfortable by providing temperature control, access to private restrooms, and cold water and fans.
- Allow flexible use of sick leave or personal days to manage the unpredictable nature of menopausal symptoms or permit short breaks as needed.
For more information and resources, please visit VinciWorks’ Diversity Awareness Training courses.