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#Meno@Work Series: Empathy goes a long way!

Updated: Sep 29, 2023


In our previous article, we looked at how menopause and its respective symptoms can affect us at work, especially in a hectic work environment that is so commonplace in Singapore.


In this article, we will look into ways we can raise awareness within the workplace and prevent discrimination of women going through menopause, in order to improve one’s work life and ease the stress that one goes through due to our body’s natural processes. After all, one should never be discriminated against due to biological forces outside of one’s control.


What about employers?


The importance of raising awareness should not be overlooked. Keeping up workplace morale is vital for maintaining high office productivity, not to mention also being able to uphold high levels of mental wellness. Overall, it would benefit both employers and employees to enforce policies and foster a happier work environment for women going through menopause.


Awareness is Key

Promoting awareness is the first step. A well-informed workplace can lead to increased empathy and understanding. Employers can initiate educational programs or workshops that shed light on the challenges of menopause. By doing so, they not only dispel myths but also foster a culture of empathy, reducing the chances of inadvertent discrimination.


The easiest and best way to raise awareness is through providing education programmes and talks for employees in order to increase awareness of the difficulties that women go through during menopause.


This builds a better understanding of the amount of stress and difficulty that women have to endure, while also fostering empathy between colleagues. With knowledge comes understanding, and with understanding comes empathy.


Finally, empathy allows for the dispelling of discriminatory views.


Resource Allocation


Providing resources is another effective strategy. Consider distributing informational materials, self-help guides, or even offering referrals to healthcare professionals. Visual aids, like posters with bite-sized information on menopause, can be strategically placed around the office.


Additionally, pamphlets on effective communication strategies can help colleagues support their peers going through this transition.


Implementing Supportive Policies


Clear workplace policies can act as a safeguard against potential discrimination. But beyond that, employers can take proactive measures to accommodate the needs of menopausal women. This could include:

  • Flexible Work Arrangements: Offering options like remote work, altered schedules, or part-time roles can provide women the flexibility they might need during this phase.

  • Physical Accommodations: Think about creating private rest areas or ensuring the office temperature is comfortable. Small changes can make a significant difference in the daily lives of these employees.


By embracing these strategies, employers in Singapore can cultivate an inclusive workplace that not only recognizes but also addresses the distinct needs of menopausal employees. It's about creating a holistic work environment where every individual, irrespective of age or life stage, feels valued and supported.


 

Important Notes:

This article is intended solely for informational purposes. It should not be used as medical advice. Always consult with a healthcare professional for any health-related concerns. This piece has not been evaluated by medical professionals or legal authorities.

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