Menopause First Aid Training
Did you know that women make up nearly half the UK workforce? And 45% of those are menopausal so it is vital they receive the right support to manage their symptoms and continue to flourish at work. Although menopause is a natural process (apart from those who experience surgical menopause), it can cause a range of physical and emotional symptoms, including hot flushes, sleep disturbances, mood swings, anxiety and brain fog amongst others.
These symptoms can significantly affect a woman’s work and personal life which is why organisations should consider training their staff to become menopause first aiders.
Menopause first aiders are trained individuals who have the skills and knowledge to provide support and guidance to others experiencing menopause symptoms. They are typically colleagues or managers who have undergone specific training to understand menopause, it’s symptoms and how it can affect colleagues personally, and professionally. These individuals can provide a range of support, including practical guidance on managing symptoms, signposting to relevant organisations and resources, and being a trustworthy listening ear for colleagues going through menopause.
Training colleagues to become menopause first aiders can have several benefits for organisations. It can create a supportive and inclusive workplace culture that values the wellbeing of all employees. Colleagues going through menopause may feel isolated and unsupported, leading to increased absenteeism and reduced productivity. By providing a supportive workplace environment, colleagues can feel more comfortable discussing their symptoms and seeking help, leading to better outcomes for both employees and the organisation.
Moreover, providing menopause support can help organisations retain experienced staff members who may be considering leaving due to their menopause symptoms. Research has shown that women are more likely to leave the workforce due to menopause-related symptoms, such as hot flushes, night sweats, and anxiety. By providing support, organisations can demonstrate their commitment to retaining and supporting their staff members.
Training staff to become menopause first aiders is an essential step towards creating a supportive and inclusive workplace culture that values the wellbeing of all employees. By providing support and guidance, organisations can help colleagues going through menopause to manage their symptoms and continue to thrive in their personal and professional lives.
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