According to Professor Jo Brewis, co-author of a government report on menopause, “postmenopausal women are the fastest growing working population”. The most common difficulties reported by postmenopausal women at work are lack of concentration, fatigue, poor memory, feeling depressed/down, and loss of confidence. Problematic hot flashes at work have also been linked to women’s greater intention to leave the workforce. However, thanks to its recent makeover, women are gaining a better understanding of this stage of their lives and taking control of menopause.
As well as a range of products that can be used at home, beauty brands are now turning to the workplace and creating ready-to-use, discreet products to help you get through the day.
PRAI Beauty is one such brand and in partnership with trusted UK retailer M&S they have created an award winning range of skincare specifically designed for perimenopause and menopause.
Cathy Kangas, CEO and Founder of PRAI Beauty and MenoGlow, explained: “For many years, women have felt the need to try to cover up menopausal symptoms in the workplace, due to the stigma attached to it. ‘surrounds. However, fortunately, times are changing and we are doing all we can as a brand to help break down barriers.
“Some of the main physical symptoms that women can experience are hot flashes and sweating, as well as fatigue from lack of sleep.
“It can also be seen on the skin, so we’ve spent time formulating a perimenopause and menopause skincare range, MenoGlow, which addresses the major skin changes during this time and instantly addresses some of the physical symptoms. “
Portability is a key issue here. We already have handbags stuffed full of “essentials”, will we have room to add bulky products?
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Tips to help your workplace be menopause friendly:
Menopause is no longer a taboo subject. Tell your co-workers about the symptoms you are experiencing and let them know how they can support you throughout the day.
Many women who experience difficulty sleeping due to menopause find that their concentration can be affected due to fatigue. You may need to request that the deadlines be adjusted to allow more time to be spent on a task. This will allow you to always feel that you are giving your best and that you are succeeding.
If hot flashes bother you during your workday, more regular bathroom breaks may be needed. Like support for women during pregnancy, employers should be able to easily adapt to allow this.
Although there is no legal requirement, should any decent company have a workplace menopause policy? A Workplace Menopause Policy is a workplace policy outlining an organization’s approach to female, trans, and non-binary staff with menopausal symptoms, and the support these employees can provide. expect to receive during this period. Make sure you know what your policy is.
Make sure you have your menopause survival kit in your purse. You might want to include MenoGlow’s Hot Flash System for instant relief, along with a cooling mini ice pack and soothing essential oils. I would also recommend the beautifully natural range from Scentered.me or Sakrid.
Although menopause is not a disability, more than ever before, menopausal symptoms are recognized to have a significant and long-lasting negative effect on a person’s ability to carry out normal daily activities.
This dramatic increase in the number of industrial tribunals citing menopause shows that the abuse of people because of their symptoms is no longer tolerated in the workplace.
Managers with little understanding of the disease are increasingly being called out for inappropriate behavior when it comes to managing staff suffering from menopausal symptoms.
We are an aging population, with fewer new entrants from education entering the workforce, I believe organizations need to look after their ‘older’ workers to have the talent they need to manage their companies.
However, it is a two-way street. Labor is good for postmenopausal women. It brings much more than just a salary, it can bring fulfillment, self-esteem and identity and social needs too.
But work environments like those with a lack of temperature control, cramped conditions, certain uniforms, and stress can also make menopausal symptoms worse. If you are an employer, I urge you to implement a menopause policy and consider the conditions in which we women work.
About the Author:
Natalie Elliott hosts The Natural Beauty Radio Show weekly on UK Health Radio, and is a clean beauty expert and the founder of award-winning beauty brand Sakrid.