Open conversational culture

Encouraging conversations around women's health at work can increase awareness of the often taboo subjects. 

For example, women often feel uncomfortable revealing genuine physical and psychological symptoms of what they're going through.

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Supporting women's health with small interventions

Men and women have different health needs. In the UK, women age 50 to 64 represent 50% of the UK workforce, and 80% of women going through menopause are working.

Women bring various talents and skills to the table, and small interventions can help support women's health and make them feel safe and supported.

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Business leaders should educate themselves and their teams on issues that impact women's health, for example, miscarriage, IVF fertility treatment, endometriosis, postnatal depression, and menopause that can cause memory loss, insomnia, hot flushes, and lack of confidence.

Line managers must be up to date and develop communication skills to talk to female colleagues. Internal campaigns can promote female health, and awareness days can help encourage active dialogue around these issues.

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Employers have a social responsibility to formulate policies and develop a framework to adequately support female health issues, such as monthly menstruation, pregnancy and maternity leave, fertility, and menopause.

Proper bathroom facilities, access to cold drinking water, a desk fan and ventilation can ease the symptoms of menstruating or menopausal women.

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A significant cause of stress for women is juggling work with childcare and domestic responsibilities.

  • Offering flexible work instead of a 9 to 5 pattern can help women work around their other routines. 
  • Employers need to set realistic deadlines, not expect immediate responses to email, internal messaging or other demands. 
  • Gender pay gap issues should also be addressed.

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Women need access to contraception, antenatal and fertility care, menopause care, and routine screening.

Women should feel that these types of appointments can be accommodated with their work timetable. A business can also put provisions in place to allow access to a virtual GP. Company funded health checks could include cervical and breast screening.

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The Right Amount Of Work

The World Health Organization(WHO) recently recognized the symptoms of workplace burnout, with too much work wreaking havoc on our mental health, all across the world.

Surprisingly, not working too has similar mental health effects, and there is a middle ground, an effective dose of work that promotes well being and increases life satisfaction.

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Burnout in the workplace

Burnout is more than a bad day or a busy week—it’s about ongoing, compounding factors that make your work environment so draining that no amount of positive thinking or good nights’ sleep can pull you out of it. 

The impacts of burnout are serious, even from a purely financial perspective. According to an influential WHO study, burnout costs us a staggering one trillion dollars in lost productivity every single year. It’s also a major driver of employee turnover; in one survey of senior HR leaders, nearly half shared that burnout was responsible for 20-50% of their annual resignations.

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