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"Menopause is an important life event that may have a negative influence on quality of life. Work ability, a concept widely used in occupational health, can predict both future impairment and duration of sickness absence. The aim of this study was to examine the impact of menopausal symptoms on work ability."
Conclusions: Menopausal symptoms are negatively associated with work ability and may increase the risk of sickness absence.
Menopause is a ‘silent issue’ for most organisations, and older women represent a group whose working lives, experiences and aspirations are poorly understood by employers, national governments and academic researchers alike. This is highly unfortunate given that women aged 45 years and over comprise 17% of the ageing Australian workforce (Tilly et al., 2013), meaning that over one million working women are currently going through, or have already gone through, the menopause. The broad aim of this project was therefore to examine the occupational health and well-being of older women, with a particular emphasis on understanding women’s experiences of menopause at work.
This report proposes a number of recommendations related to Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) and Human Resources (HR) Management, and emphasises the role of general organisational processes, policies and professional bodies in initiating change. To plan for improved working conditions for older women now, is to ensure that organisations will reap future rewards by acknowledging and investing in this reliable, loyal, committed and resilient segment of the workforce.
The aims of this exploratory study were to examine the range of experiences reported by women with regard to the menopause and work, and to harvest their views on changes that could be made to their work and working environment that would improve the experience for them and for future generations of working women. The overarching aim was to provide recommendations and guidance for women, their employers and healthcare professionals.
Abstract: This research is about the effect of menopausal complaints on burnout and to what extend this relation is decreased by social support. Besides that the taboo surrounding the menopause is investigated. Data was gathered by a written and online questionnaire; in total the sample included 320 women aged 40 years and older. Menopausal complaints had a positive effect on burnout. Burnout due to menopausal complaints decreases when women experience social support from her colleagues and supervisor. So, organizations and women benefit when women experience social support. The menopausal taboo could not be proven in this research; however the results gave reason to further investigate the menopausal taboo.
Almost three quarters (72 per cent) of female workers experiencing menopause related symptoms say they feel unsupported in the workplace. One in five (19 per cent) say their symptoms have a damaging effect on their work, while one ten (10 per cent) have even considered leaving their jobs.These are the findings from research carried out by not for profit healthcare provider, Nuffield Health. The charity questioned 3275 women aged 40 – 65. Of those, 2005 (62 per cent) said they were experiencing changes to their hormones which caused them to behave differently, or which had a detrimental effect on aspects of their life.