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Handling Menopause in the Workplace

Hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings, difficulty sleeping, increased fatigue and other menopause symptoms can be bad enough, without you being responsible for fighting crime or saving lives as well.

The average age for menopause in the UK is 51, when many women have around another decade of their working lives left. Dealing with menopause in the workplace can be a challenge; you want to show that you can handle tasks just as well as younger members of staff, but when you throw hot flushes and menopausal brain fog into the mix, this can be tough - especially if you have a job with a lot of responsibility.

Dealing with Menopause in the Police Force

To gain a greater understanding of how menopause affects members of the police force at work, the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) is marking World Menopause Day 2018 with the launch of a new survey, which will ask people how they think menopause could be better understood and supported in the workplace.

Hayley Aley, women’s lead at the PFEW, explained: “Senior leaders have a responsibility for the welfare and wellbeing of their workforce, and to support individuals appropriately when they need it.

“The purpose of this survey is to give us the evidence to provide leaders to action what needs to change, to ensure forces provide the right support and guidance to all.

“This will ultimately give confidence to individuals that, when it is their turn to face this transition, if needed, appropriate support and adjustments can be identified.”

Menopause in the Workplace: Are formal policies needed?

The results of the survey could lead to the implementation of a PFEW-wide workplace menopause policy - something many organisations across the UK would benefit from, providing support and reassurance to women as they go through the menopause.

Earlier this year, research carried out by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions found 99 per cent of people either did not have or didn’t know if they had a workplace menopause policy at their company. However, 96 per cent of respondents said they would welcome a formal policy being introduced.

Until progress is made in this area, it’s important to do what you can to talk to your boss or HR department to help them to understand what you’re going through, so they can provide you with the support you need.

Finding a way to manage your symptoms can also help. At Menopause Supplements, you’ll find menopause products to support you from your 40s onwards, to help you carry on being the best version of you.