Chief Superintendent Paul Griffiths
Women comprise almost half of the UK’s workforce and about 3.5 million workers are women aged 50 and over.
Occupational health issues for older workers in general, and older women workers in particular, have often been ignored.
Many of today’s women workers are, or will be, working through a rarely discussed stage of life: menopause.
In policing, it is highly likely you will have a colleague, or will manage someone, who is going through menopause or who will soon experience it. Some of you, of course, will also experience it yourselves.
Members may find this menopause briefing note for supervisors from West Midlands Police helpful in improving their understanding of menopause, which is the first step in promoting better management and support for women suffering from the symptoms.
These resources may also be useful for colleagues and staff who are going through menopause, and for managers working with them to help provide the right support: