Being able to attract, develop and retain talented people is essential for a thriving workplace culture, enhanced business performance, and competitive advantage.
Investing in wellbeing and inclusion is a critical business strategy that benefits both your people and the business. And that strategy has to include promoting an environment where menopause can be talked about.
The physical and psychological symptoms of menopause symptoms can be far reaching and have a significant impact in the workplace not just for the person experiencing symptoms but for colleagues and clients too. Common examples include:
- Poor memory and concentration resulting in an inability to recall facts, figures and names leading to a loss of confidence in oneself and with colleagues and clients.
- Sleep disturbance which has been proven to effect memory, the ability to think strategically and manage moods.
- Hot flushes which are uncomfortable, embarrassing and can give rise to a reluctance to attend internal or client facing meetings for fear of visibly breaking into a sweat.
The risk for businesses in terms of loss of talent, knowledge and experience is real with 1 in 4 women considering leaving work because of the severity of her symptoms.