The UK workforce is ageing. People want and need to work for longer; employers need to draw more effectively on an older workforce. For women this is particularly true – they have been the major drivers of growth in the older workforce over the last decade. Around one in eight of the British workforce are women over 50. By 2022 it is forecast that around one in six will be women over 50. Most women over 50 will have, or have had, perimenopausal or menopausal symptoms that affect their work.1
Employers are now understanding the importance of supporting employees during the menopause in order to retain valuable knowledge, skills and experience within a key workplace demographic. The experience of these leading employers has shown that often simple actions, such as education and awareness-raising, can make a real difference to workplace wellbeing.
- Acas (n.d.) Menopause at work, available at https://archive.acas.org.uk