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Flexible Working Hours for Menopausal Women

In General, Health & Wellbeing, Menopause, Stress Management by Diane Richardson Clarke2 Comments

I was intrigued and delighted to read articles in The Mail On Sunday and The Telegraph this morning regarding a recommendation for flexible working hours for menopausal women.  That isn’t the whole story, if anything it’s more about supporting women so they don’t have to take time off work. Intrigued because you rarely see the menopause in the press, let alone on page 5 and over half a page dedicated to it and delighted because the medical condition is at last getting the recognition it deserves, if only to get it out in the open, start healthy debate and remove some of the taboo’s! So where has this come from?  Professor Dame Sally Davies, England’s Chief Medical Officer (pictured above), has called on employers to  create a culture where women feel comfortable discussing the menopause in the work place and called for guidelines to be drawn up for businesses so they can help staff deal with the issue. Prof. Davies has recommended the Faculty of Occupational Medicine produce guidelines for employers to help them provide support to women who need it during their menopause. She said: “The menopause is a natural part of life, but it can feel like a great taboo. It is inexcusable that women who are experiencing menopausal symptoms should feel unable to discuss how they are feeling at work.  I want to encourage managers to ensure working women feel as comfortable discussing menopausal symptoms as they would any other issues affecting them in the workplace. This will help to ensure that the talent and potential of all women can be realised to the full.” Research undertaken has shown women would like to see more awareness among managers of the menopause as a possible occupational health issue.  The guidelines are likely to include flexible working hours and …