Time to support women in the workplace

Greater support for working women looks set to become an increasingly key business issue after research found over a million women could quit their jobs due to a lack of menopause support from employers.

The survey of 2,000 women experiencing menopause symptoms shows a lack of support is having a direct impact on their decisions to leave the workplace. In total, around a quarter of respondents said they were unhappy in their jobs because of a lack of support, while nearly two-thirds noted their employer had no policies in place to make things easier for anyone experiencing menopause symptoms.

Sally Campbell, Head of Clinical Development at corporate healthcare specialists Healix, commented, “Recent headlines about women leaving the workforce because of insufficient support during menopause, highlights the need for female specific healthcare provisions. Women make up half the workforce, so it is imperative that workplaces offer comprehensive services tailored to them.”

New analysis published by the TUC has also once again highlighted issues surrounding pay inequality. The data shows a gender pay gap for all employees of 15.4%; this means the average woman effectively works for free for nearly two months of the year compared to the average man.