Groundbreaking Study Sheds Light on Menopause in the Workplace

July 17, 2024

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Menopause is a natural part of life, but a new survey by Bonafide's fourth-annual State of Menopause report has revealed just how much it affects women's careers. The study, which involved over 2,000 U.S. women aged 40-64, shows that the lack of workplace accommodations for menopausal symptoms is not only harmful to women's well-being but also impacts their professional lives.

Eye-opening insights

No support in sight: An astounding 76% of women reported having no workplace accommodations for menopause, a condition that affects over 1 million women nationwide each year.

Performance issues: Nearly half (49%) of the women said menopause negatively impacted their job performance. The situation is even more challenging for women under 50, with 76% reporting significant performance issues.

A call for change: More than half (51%) of women expressed the need for increased workplace accommodations, such as empathy from colleagues and more flexible work options.

Perception problems: 48% believe women experiencing menopause are seen as less productive and emotionally stable, inhibiting career ambitions for 42% of women.

How workplaces can help

Creating a supportive environment for women experiencing menopause is essential. Here are some best practices companies can adopt:

- Establish employee resource groups

- Appoint an executive to serve as the menopause point person

- Provide physical accommodations like fans and cool rooms

- Offer flexible work hours and locations

The power of empathy and education

Employers can make a world of difference by offering educational resources, tele-health sessions with menopause coaches, and relaxing dress codes during warmer months. These steps can help retain valuable employees, boost engagement, and foster loyalty.

Why it matters

Failing to address menopause in the workplace can have significant economic repercussions. A Mayo Clinic study estimated that menopause-related lost work time costs the U.S. economy up to $1.8 billion annually, soaring to $26.6 billion when medical expenses are included. It’s time to break the silence on menopause at work. By supporting women through this natural life stage, we can create a workplace that values and retains its most experienced talent. Let's make a change together.

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