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Supporting Menopausal Women In The Construction Sector

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  • With over 95,000 female workers aged between 50-64(i), menopause could have a huge impact on those working within the field
  • Experts at Healthily have shared tips for employers to better support women experiencing menopause symptoms within the workplace
  • As the media continue to highlight the negative experiences some women have suffered when going through menopause at work, it’s important that organisations understand how they can help workers.

With menopause affecting most women aged between 45-55, the importance of supporting employees experiencing symptoms in the workplace is paramount.

With around 95,000 females working in the construction sector (aged between 50-64), it’s important that workers within the industry are supported within the workplace.

With reports across the country highlighting the experiences some women are having when experiencing menopause(ii) (which include having to leave jobs, or take unpaid leave), Healthily, have pulled together tips for businesses and organisations that are looking to better support their employees.

Symptoms of menopause can often include hot flushes, headaches, and anxiety, along with a number of other less common symptoms like problems with memory and concentration. These symptoms are very likely to have an impact on an individual’s mindset and in turn could go on to impact an employee’s performance.

There are several things that workplaces can put in place to help women that are experiencing symptoms:

Flexible working

Difficulty sleeping can no doubt impact an individual’s concentration levels throughout the day, and as this is also a common symptom of menopause, encouraging flexible working where possible and a change in hours could really help an individual.

Offering reduced hours for a period of time may also be beneficial.

Information sessions

Knowledge and education around menopause need to be improved, and this is currently highlighted within the media. Having expert-led sessions on the subject will help build further understanding, especially within the construction industry. These should aim to increase awareness and provide information on the subject areas. Encouraging managers to attend these is crucial to helping support all staff members.

Temperature control

Hot flushes are known to be one of the main symptoms of menopause, where employees are working in an office environment, having a comfortable office temperature can help, chilled water and desk fans are also a good way to further support.

Geraldine Butler-Wright, Chief People and Culture Officer, at Healthily:

“Menopause in the workplace is a huge topic within the media at the moment and some of the stories from women are very disheartening to hear.

“We introduced our policy to not only help support our colleagues that are going through menopause, but to also educate our managers who may not have huge amounts of knowledge on the subject.

“At healthily we encourage our staff to speak to their line manager, or HR teams if they’re experiencing any of the symptoms of menopause. From this, we can then work together to ensure they are fully supported within their role and have access to everything they need.”

View more about the Healthily menopause policy from Geraldine Butler-Wright here: https://www.livehealthily.com/blog/what-is-the-healthily-menopause-policy

Source : Healthily 

Image : Chinnapong / iStockphoto.com (1286151595)

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i) Data taken for those working in ‘construction aged between 50-64: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/economic-labour-market-status-of-individuals-aged-50-and-over-trends-over-time-september-2021

ii) https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/10/13/women-face-impossible-choice-menopause-forces-one-eight-quit/

26 October 2021

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