Menopause is not a new issue, but it is one that has always silently affected women in the workplace. Despite much progress on gender equality in recent years, a stigma has remained around the topic of menopause. Individuals can be reluctant to talk about it - let alone with their managers in the workplace. Starting the conversation, and adopting a more supportive approach, will bring about positive change for individuals, and for the Civil Service as a whole. This is important because workplaces can often lack the empathy and support needed, as well as the practical support for both colleagues and managers to help make a difference.
The Cross-Government Menopause Network is an excellent example of civil servants’ commitment to inclusion in the workplace.
This downloadable Menopause Awareness Toolkit provides information and support for employees both those who are directly and indirectly affected by the menopause.