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The remains of the taboo: experiences, attitudes, and knowledge about menopause in the workplace

Beck, Vanessa; Brewis, Joanna and Davies, Andrea (2019). The remains of the taboo: experiences, attitudes, and knowledge about menopause in the workplace. Climacteric (Early Access).

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Objectives: This study explored experiences of, attitudes to and knowledge about menopause in the workplace among participants from the UK to assess the extent to which the menopause remains a taboo in this context.

Method: An online survey was distributed via TUC (Trades Union Congress, UK) networks and social media and was completed by 5399 respondents. Questions explored three key issues relating to menopause at work: respondents’ own experiences of menopause transition; disclosure at work; and availability of information on menopause at work.

Result: The largest group (43.4%) of respondents were perimenopausal and 16.8% were post-menopausal. 12.3% indicated that they might be experiencing menopause but were not sure. Only 45.8% had disclosed their menopause status at work. Fewer than 20% were provided with information about menopause in their workplace but the majority would like such information to be available.

Conclusion: The survey findings suggest some progress has been made to raise awareness about menopause in the workplace but that substantial work remains to be done to ensure women transitioning through menopause are supported.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 1473-0804
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
The menopause at work: learning opportunities and awareness raisingNot SetESRC
Keywords: attitudes; disclosure; experience; information; menopause; taboo; workplace
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for People and Organisations
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Item ID: 66165
Depositing User: Joanna Brewis
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2019 09:13
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2019 13:28
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