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‘Difficult to Divulge’: the Impact of Organisational Silence Around the Menopause

Potts, J, Collins, H and Barry, S ‘Difficult to Divulge’: the Impact of Organisational Silence Around the Menopause. Work, Employment and Society. ISSN 0950-0170 (Accepted)

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This article presents an account of one woman’s experience of the menopause. Affecting 51% of the global population menopause has potential to negatively impact home and work life. Yet, the arrival of menopause can often be a surprise due to a lack of education and awareness. Over 63% of UK working women claim menopause has negatively affected their careers, yet only 30% of employers support women to work through the menopause, and the cost to business and to women’s health is significant. Shrouded in silence, the menopause is often misunderstood, and taboo exists. Therefore, women don’t divulge, and many leave their jobs unsupported. Through Grace’s story, this article explores how women’s hormone health can affect work and by opening up conversations and raising awareness, as we have with mental health, it is possible to eradicate the silence behind the taboo.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted manuscript due to be published in the journal Work, Employment and Society. Reuse is restricted to non-commercial and no derivative uses.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Menopause; symptoms; silence; taboo; voice; workplace; 1402 Applied Economics; 1503 Business and Management; 1608 Sociology; Industrial Relations
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Liverpool Business School
Publisher: SAGE Publications
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2024 13:58
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 13:58
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/22256
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