How businesses can make menopause mainstream
For too long, menopause has been taboo. And yet we wonder why women disappear from C-suite roles. Menopause disproportionately impacts the most senior and experienced women in the workplace, and to retain them, we must break down the stigma surrounding it.
A quarter of women are more likely to leave their job because of a negative menopause experience, and a fifth are more likely to retire early. That’s a lot of women leaving the workforce and leaving an even bigger skills gap to fill.
Opening up about menopause isn’t easy. And the culture of silence that surrounds it is a vicious circle – if women don’t talk about it, how can employers support them? Someone needs to take that first step, and business leaders should be first in line. Creating an open and supportive culture in the workplace is a good place to start.
Click here to read our CEO Norma Gillespie’s full article for DiversityQ and discover five ways to make it easier for senior women to stay at work during this significant milestone in their lives.