New research shows how far employers have to go to meet the needs of women experiencing the menopause

Six in 10 (60%) of those who have experienced 3 or more symptoms would like to see their employer do more, while over half (55%) say they would feel more positively about a company who had a menopause awareness programme according to new Ipsos MORI research for World Menopause Day.

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  • Ellie Shaw Ipsos MORI
  • Rachel Ormston Ipsos MORI Scotland
  • Georgia Pettit Customer Experience
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  • Over half (57%) of working women aged 40-65 have experienced three or more symptoms of the menopause, including hot flushes (47%), night sweats (41%) and feeling tired (35%). Only 12% say they have experienced no menopausal symptoms
  • The menopause does not respect working hours.  Nearly half of working women aged 40-65 have experienced 3 or more menopause symptoms while they are working (47%) – while hot flushes and feeling tired are the most common symptoms (both 38%), lacking in energy (28%) and headaches (24%) impact one in four

Nearly half of working women aged 40-65 have experienced 3 or more menopause symptoms while they are working - World Menopause Day

  • Two thirds of those with 3 or more symptoms have lost interest in their work (68%) or made mistakes (65%)
  • Half of all women experiencing three or more symptoms have experienced at least one further detrimental impact on their working lives; including having their relationships with colleagues negatively impacted, having to reduce their working hours or considering resigning

Employers have a long way to go to better support women going through the menopause in the workplace

  • Only around 1 in every 20 women aged 40-65 in work are aware of their employer offering proactive policies or support to women around the menopause

Only around 1 in 20 women aged 40-65 who are currently in employment are aware of their employer offering proactive policies or support to women around the menopause - World Menopause Day

  • Six in 10 (60%) of those who have experienced 3 or more symptoms would like to see their employer do more while over half (55%) say they would feel more positively about a company who had a menopause awareness programme
  • Over a third (37%) would like their employers to offer access to specialist menopause advice from a third-party expert, 31% would like their employer to offer a menopause policy
  • Both women and men need to be better equipped to support their colleagues around the menopause
  • Nearly half (48%) of women experiencing 3 or more symptoms of menopause have not spoken to anyone at work about their experiences
  • Those who have experienced menopausal symptoms are significantly more likely to turn to female colleagues than male; 45% have spoken to a female co-worker compared to only 1% who have turned to a male
  • Just 40% of women and 27% of men aged 40-65 feel equipped to support a colleague experiencing menopause symptoms.  Yet only 44% of women would attend menopause awareness training offered by their employer, and only a third of men would do the same

Technical note

  • Ipsos MORI interviewed a sample of 846 working women and 250 working men aged 40-65 in the UK. Interviews were conducted via Ipsos MORI’s online panel between 1st-5th October 2020. Data is weighted to the known offline population for age, social grade, government office region and employment status for the working population aged 40-65 within gender. All polls are subject to a wide range of potential sources of error
  • Note that the term ‘women’ is used in this report for brevity, but the sample of ‘women’ is based on all those who have ever menstruated, which includes people who identify in another way than female

The author(s)

  • Ellie Shaw Ipsos MORI
  • Rachel Ormston Ipsos MORI Scotland
  • Georgia Pettit Customer Experience

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