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(This short article originally appeared in the July edition of the Yorkshire Branch member newsletter)

Women over the age of 50 are the fastest growing group in the workforce with 3.5m women over the age of 50 currently in work.

Menopause is part of the natural ageing process for women and the average age for the menopause transition is 51, so as more women go through the menopause during their working lives, it’s vital that employers encourage open discussions to ensure they get the right support.

To make an organisation a great place to work, we have to make menopause an open subject no one is afraid to talk about, ensuring women have the confidence to ask for help should they need it.

By providing information and educating leaders and managers to understand what menopause is, how it affects women and how businesses can help, should help equip them to be able to have great conversations and provide the right support.

Learn with Aegis England have started the conversation that Menopause should not be a taboo subject. [They] held 4 workshops that were well attended and those unable to attend were directed to available courses and resources.

We hope to deliver more workshops in the future but if you want more information on the resources or available courses please get in touch.

TUC Education is offering a great toolkit for members and reps on menopause in the workplace. Learn more about how to support colleagues who are affected by menopause in the workplace http://bit.ly/menopause-support-in-the-workplace-enote

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“A member could come and talk to me about anything that might be on their mind, even if it's just to get something off their chest.”

Fredrick MarkhamAegis Representative