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Almost one million women have left a job because of menopause symptoms, according to research undertaken by Bupa in 2018. Last year the Fawcett Society reported, in addition to one in ten women who worked through the menopause leaving their job, many more are passing up promotions, reducing their hours or taking long-term leave in order to cope with the symptoms. UK businesses are leaving themselves exposed to the threat of losing their most experienced female talent.
Women over 50 are the fastest growing demographic in the workplace and investing in understanding the condition and promoting inclusivity gains employers a distinct advantage in attracting and retaining women at the top of their game. However, uncertainty on knowing the approach to take has often led to inaction.
The newly launched British Standard, BS 30416, Menstruation, menstrual health and menopause in the workplace – Guide, was developed to address this issue, providing employers with a free, practical toolkit and earlier this year the Government appointed the first Menopause Employment Champion to improve workplace support.
We are delighted to invite Real Estate Balance members and members of our Network of Networks organisations to Menopause at work, an event exploring how the menopause affects women, the impacts on the workplace and how business can develop an inclusive menopause culture.