1. Support for menopausal symptoms is crucial in building an authentically diverse and inclusive workplace
Over recent years (and especially following the pandemic) there has been a welcome and necessary emphasis on both supporting diversity in the workplace and looking after the wellbeing of employees.
Conversations around the menopause have been steadily gaining momentum and many employers are recognising the fact they need to do more to support their team members who may be experiencing hot flushes, night sweats or brain fog, to name a few of the more common symptoms. Hormonal health journeys associated with the menopause can be extremely debilitating and career impacting for women to suffer through without workplace support.
Fortunately, employers are now responding to these trends and looking at ways to support employees from all groups, including menopausal women. his is largely due to to greater menopause awareness, and understanding of the impact menopause can have.
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People of menopausal age are often at the peak of their careers having long-established their expertise, professional reputations, networks, and successes. If employers can better support women through this stage of life, it would not only generate value in stronger recruitment efforts and more effective employee retention, but also go a long way in demonstrating their commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Supporting menopausal women at work is advocacy for women in the workplace - it shows a company's true commitment to enhancing employee wellbeing, and minimising the negative impacts symptoms can have on staff.
2. You’ll retain your most talented people and attract the best people to join you team
Menopausal women are often at the peak of their careers, bringing valuable knowledge, skills, and experience to the business. But without support from their company and their teams, lots of people consider leaving work completely or look for work elsewhere
It costs a company £30,000 on average to replace an employee, but companies that provide support for menopause and perimenopause are likely to retain a lot of these people who may otherwise leave. In our study run with The Latte Lounge, 75% of people who experience menopause symptoms said they’d be more loyal to a company that provides menopause support.
As well as this, more and more prospective employees are looking at wellbeing offerings and policies when looking for that next role. Companies that go the extra mile to create an open and inclusive workplace culture are significantly more attractive to join.