Menopause Workplace Resource Guide for Managers

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Published 3/6/24
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Half of all individuals employed in the US between the ages of 40 and 64 are women – the majority of whom have begun or completed the menopause transition.

Yet, according to the Employee Perspectives and Challenges Concerning the Transition of Menopause (EMPACT Menopause) Study, 61% of employees indicated there were no menopause-specific policies at their place of work, and another 1/3 of employees were unsure if resources were available to them. Similar figures were represented among supervisors’ knowledge of workplace policies about menopause.

An estimated $150 billion is lost in menopause-related productivity costs worldwide each year, according to Bloomberg. Supporting women during midlife and the menopause transition is vital for retaining talent, fostering career growth, and boosting economic development – all hallmarks of a competitive business.

Employers are responsible for creating and maintaining a conducive and healthy work environment for all employees, including those experiencing menopause. The Menopause Workplace Resource Guide for Managers was created by the Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) to support employers and managers in understanding the menopause transition and fostering menopause-friendly workplaces.

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Read more about the Menopause Guide for Women on the SWHR blog.

Also Check Out The Menopause Workplace Resource Guide for Women

Regardless of their career goals, data shows that menopause can have far-reaching impacts on a woman’s career-related decisions: one in four women considered not pursuing or did not pursue a leadership opportunity due to the impacts of menopause; one in three women considered reducing or reduced their workload; and two in five women considered finding or found a new job, all according to the EMPACT Menopause Study.

The Menopause Workplace Resource Guide for Women was created by SWHR to support women in the workplace as they go through the menopause transition.

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What’s in the Guide?

Menopause 101

Understanding the Menopause Experience

Menopause at Work

Cultivating Menopause-Friendly Workplaces

Supporting All Employees Around Menopause

Menopause-Friendly Workplace Accommodations

Workplace Conversations About Menopause

Print Your Own “Supporting the Menopause Journey in the Workplace” Poster!

By fostering a culture of open communication, employees may be more inclined to share their concerns or needs related to menopause, allowing HR and managers to provide appropriate support for them and others in similar situations. This poster can be printed and placed in an office breakroom or bathroom to increase awareness about menopause in the workplace and help start a conversation about menopause at work!

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Explore the Employee Perspectives and Challenges Concerning the Transition of Menopause (EMPACT Menopause) Study

EMPACT Menopause Study Bulletin

The SWHR Employee Perspectives and Challenges Concerning the Transition of Menopause (EMPACT Menopause) Study aims to better understand the workplace experiences of individuals who have entered or completed the menopause transition, as well as their coworkers and employers.

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