A new intersectional book on the menopause has some advice for employers and employees about how to deal with its impact in the workplace.
Awareness about the impact of the menopause has been growing over the last few years. There have been tv programmes and books and several employers have announced menopause at work policies.
Standard Chartered announced this week that it is joining forces with the Financial Services Skills Commission and the Fawcett Society to investigate how the menopause affects the careers of women working in the financial services industry. This will consist of a survey of the commission’s 326,000-strong membership which includes bankers, lawyers, fund managers and insurance workers.
Last month Vira Health soft launched a new app which helps women to manage the menopause. The official public launch follows in the summer in partnership with menopause clinics and workplaces.
Now comes a new book. Published next month, What Fresh Hell Is This?: Perimenopause, Menopause, Other Indignities and You, by Heather Corinna, a Chicago-based activist and sex educator, talks about how perimenopause and menopause experiences are unique and that no one-size-fits-all.
The book gives some general advice, however, on managing the effects and includes a section on menopause at work.
Corinna says different jobs have different demands and the impact of the menopause also depends on individuals’ experience of menopause. However, workplaces need to treat menopause the same as any other part of the human life cycle.
“At the very least we need to feel safe and comfortable telling managers and other people we work with that we’re in it if we are to find ways to make it work with work,” writes Corinna.
There is some general advice for those facing particular symptoms in the workplace. They include:
There’s also some general advice for those facing the menopause too:
Corinna argues that the menopause can be a stimulus for positive change, depending on people’s mindset.
*What Fresh Hell Is This? by Heather Corinna is published by Piatkus books on 1st June 2021, paperback £14.99.