A 2019 survey conducted by health insurance group Bupa and the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development found that three in five menopausal women – generally aged 45 to 55 – were affected negatively at work. Almost 900,000 women in the UK left their jobs over an undefined time because of menopausal symptoms.
This could mean that women are leaving businesses “at the peak of their experience” which will “impact productivity”. Women in this age group are more likely than their younger counterparts to be eligible for senior management roles, so their departure can lead to reduced gender diversity at executive levels. It can also contribute to the gender pay-gap and feed into a disparity in pensions.
In light of a recent call for evidence on how menopause is dealt with in the workplace, we are holding this webinar to explore the link between the menopause, wellbeing and safety and health. We are interested in the role of safety and health professionals in assisting employers and managers to support women experiencing menopausal symptoms.
The webinar will be hosted by IOSH President-Elect Louise Hosking.
The panel includes Dr Karen Michell, Research Programme Lead Occupational Health at IOSH, and Ruth Wilkinson, IOSH Head of Health and Safety (Policy and Operations), who will both give a joint 10-minute presentation on the topic to introduce a panel discussion. They will be joined by Emma Persand, Director of Lemur Health Ltd and Professor Motshedisi Sebitloane, Head of Discipline: Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of Kwazulu-Natal.
Louise Hosking, IOSH President-Elect
Dr Karen Michell, Research Programme Lead Occupational Health, IOSH
Ruth Wilkinson, Head of Health and Safety (Policy and Operations), IOSH
Emma Persand, Director, Lemur Health Ltd
Professor Motshedisi Sebitloane, Head of Discipline: Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of Kwazulu-Natal