Coping with severe menopause symptoms at work is a really important topic affecting many people; thank you for raising the question as it’s important you shouldn’t feel isolated and suffer in silence…
Do you know what you want to happen and what outcome you’d like at work? You describe ‘very severe symptoms’ – are these physical, emotional, or psychological? Is your line manager aware of the severity of your symptoms?
Employers should support employees with menopausal symptoms in the same way as they would with any other health condition. I’d recommend raising it with HR if you haven’t already.
Have you been to the doctor? What are you personally doing to manage symptoms and are you clear on what’s working and what makes it worse?
Regardless of your organisation’s policies, it’s actually a requirement as per sex and disability discrimination – there have been legal cases. My advice would be to download recent HR advice from the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development. Here’s a guide on ‘The Menopause at Work’
The companies I’d advise are Menopause In The Workplace, or getting legal advice on where you stand first. Other helpful links and stats:
*Liz Sebag‑Montefiore is Director and Co‑Founder of 10Eighty, a career transitions organisation. Email: email@example.com