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Tackling Menopause at Work: What Steps Will Your Company Take in 2024?

Updated: Feb 11

As the conversation around women's health in the workplace gains momentum, recent research by consulting firm Korn Ferry sheds light on the impact of menopause and perimenopause symptoms on career progression. The study reveals a concerning correlation between these symptoms and challenges in professional advancement.

The research indicates that symptoms related to both menopause and perimenopause, which can begin as early as age 35, may have a notable effect on the career trajectories of women. Notably, 20% of executives reported that their symptoms had a negative impact on their likelihood of being hired for a role. Additionally, 31% of respondents noted that their bonus payouts were affected by these challenges.

This data highlights the need for companies to address the unique concerns and experiences of employees going through menopause. To foster a supportive and inclusive work environment, it prompts the question: What steps are companies taking to assist employees navigating menopause and perimenopause?

As organizations increasingly recognize the importance of employee well-being, there's a growing call for comprehensive policies and initiatives tailored to address women's health issues in the workplace. Some companies are already taking proactive measures by introducing menopause-friendly policies, which may include flexible working arrangements, access to counseling services, and education programs.

Creating an open dialogue around menopause, destigmatizing discussions, and providing resources can contribute to a more understanding workplace culture. Companies are encouraged to explore strategies to accommodate the unique needs of employees experiencing menopause, ensuring that their careers are not hindered by these natural life transitions.

Ultimately, as the awareness of menopause-related challenges in the professional sphere continues to rise, it becomes essential for companies to take concrete actions to support their employees. This not only enhances the well-being of individuals but also contributes to a more inclusive and progressive workplace culture.

If you would like some help getting your company 'Menopause Friendly' then please do reach out for a chat to see how I AM WOMAN can help!

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