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Menopause – the last taboo at work

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In today’s modern world where employers recognise key stages in life, it seems there is one remaining natural life event that is being ignored  –  the menopause.

A new government report written by Dr Ros Altmann calls for greater support for workers going through the menopause. Dr Altmann, who is the Business Champion for Older Workers, who advises the Government on ways to keep older people in the workforce, says employers are failing older women by ignoring “the last taboo”.

The report calls for more support for women going through this significant life stage and states a lack of support is forcing some women out of their jobs. Dr Altmann says women “are being performance-managed out of their jobs” and states the menopause “is not on the work radar”.  “Pregnancy is, childbirth is, bereavement is but [menopausal women] get no support in the workplace.”

Dr Marilyn Glenville, author of Natural Solutions to Menopause, said: “The news that women are being forced out of the workplace because employers are ignoring the impact of the menopause is shocking.  The menopause is just a transition in a woman’s life and, if given good advice, this transition can be comfortable and easy. Women can now live 30 to 50 years past the menopause and they want to live that with a good quality of life.”

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