International Women’s Day Event – 11th March 2022: ‘Demystifying the Bias about Menopause and its Business Impact
4th March 2022, 10:50 am
Join Oakridge as we step up to #BreakTheBias at our insightful, yet not talked enough about, Menopausal Event.
The average age of women with menopause is 51. Statistically, with over 4.3 million women aged 50 or over in employment in the UK (ONS 2015) and 39.1% in boardroom roles (FTSE 2022) – this means that a significant number of women are experiencing menopause at work.
Women living with symptoms of perimenopause/menopause whilst also dealing with the demands and pressures of work, are often left feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope. The change in a woman’s behaviour from menopause can result in having a negative impact on her career due to the lack of understanding within themselves, and of their employers and work colleagues too. Not knowing what support is available to them, or as an employer, what appropriate support should be made available, is an important step to take in the process towards having open and honest conversations about the effects of menopause.
Gone are the days when women are left alone to suffer in silence. Open any magazine or newspaper and the chances are you will see an article on menopause. Additionally, several high-profile women in business and female celebrities and their partners, have spoken out about their menopause experience – it is after all, not an exclusive subject but an inclusive one! Having them share the impact menopause has had on their lives has helped to raise awareness and lift the stigma and bias, about menopause.
Let’s face it, as a male in the workplace, or home environment, experiencing a change in their female colleague or partner’s behaviour can be confusing, upsetting and sometimes even intimidating.
Not only is it important for women themselves to get to grips mentally, emotionally, and physically in managing how to cope with the varying symptoms and changes she is experiencing, but it is equally important for those around her to understand what support they can provide to make their own lives easier!
Employers and their staff need to be made aware of menopause and its symptoms and be trained on the skills to have those difficult conversations and with the knowledge on how to embrace change.
At this interactive online event, we will be joined by Lisa Wright MSc, of Menopause The Wright Way.
Lisa will share with us all we need to know about perimenopause and menopause. She will look at the business impact to ensure the ‘issue of menopause’ is addressed within the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusivity agenda.
Lisa will guide us through this within the following topics:
Perimenopausal/Menopausal women within the UK workforce
Symptoms – range, severity, and effect
Business impact of ignoring the menopause
Practical steps employers can take
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