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OPINION: "Local businesses need a menopause policy"


Tuesday 02 May 2023

OPINION: "Local businesses need a menopause policy"

Tuesday 02 May 2023

A local business owner has said more local companies should introduce a menopause policy. Bronwen Dudley-Owen from the Guernsey Skin & Beauty Clinic says more support and understanding should be provided to employees "going through the change":

“Women of menopausal age make up the fastest growing demographic of the UK workforce. The British Menopause Society recently surveyed 1000 women and discovered that 45% said menopausal symptoms had a negative impact on their work. A further 47% said they needed to take time off but were embarrassed to give employers the real reason.

“Companies should introduce a menopause policy and provide an inclusive and supportive working environment for all women who experience the menopause. All companies, even those dominated by men, must ensure they are supporting everyone at every life-stage, including menopause.

“Symptoms include poor concentration, mood swings, tiredness, poor memory, anxiety, feeling depressed, dry skin and lowered confidence. All of these can impact on performance and how well you do your job. For businesses, this can have a profound impact on productivity.”

She said there's a surprising link between menopause and marriage breakdowns.

"According to the Office for National Statistics, divorce rates peak for couples aged 45 to 49 years old in the UK, with the average age for divorce being 43.9 for women and 46.4 for men."

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