World Menopause Day

World Menopause Day is held every year on the 18th of October. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of menopause and the support options available for improving health and wellbeing.

How can you support employees experiencing menopause?

Support and encourage

Promote a supportive environment so your employees feel able to talk openly and comfortably about matters related to menopause. Handle their concerns respectfully and confidentially.


Many people can experience menopause symptoms including transgender and gender non-conforming people, so ensure that you support all your employees who need help.


Tell your employees who can help them. That may include HR, menopause or wellbeing champions, or employee assistance programmes. Maintain a hub of useful and informative resources for employees on your Intranet.


When an employee tells you that they are experiencing menopause symptoms that are impacting their work, discuss how you can help. That may include:

  • Temperature and ventilation control.
  • Access to suitable rest facilities.
  • Alternative uniform options.
  • Flexible working.
  • Changes to work allocation.
  • Arrange counselling.


Consider the impact of other HR policies on menopause at work including:

  • Sickness absence.
  • Performance management.
  • Flexible working.
  • Stress at work and mental health policies..


Train line managers, HR and wellbeing champions:

  • to understand the symptoms of menopause and how it can affect employees
  • to approach conversations about menopause sensitively
  • to understand the support that is available to employees experiencing the menopause
  • to understand their role when it comes to offering support.