September 2023 — As Menopause Awareness Month approaches, feel-good PR agency Lem-uhn, has revealed that there has been a 51% increase in searches for ‘menopause policy’ in the UK in the last year. The rise in searches is illustrative of menopausal employees seeking additional support, as well as shifting attitudes in the workplace.
- UK searches for ‘menopause policy’ have increased by 51% in the last year
- The UK is the number one country searching for ‘menopause and work’ related terms
The data, compiled by Lem-uhn using Google Trends, found that there was a noticeable uptake in UK searches for ‘menopause policy’ shortly after Davina McCall’s book Menopausing was published in September 2022. Lem-uhn also identified another spike in March 2023 when the UK government appointed its first Menopause Employment Champion in an effort to improve workplace support for menopausal employees.
This comes after a UK survey conducted in 2019 showed that 90% of women reported that their workplace did not offer support for menopause, with only 5% mentioning that their employer offered advice.
This lack of support is likely driving the increase in searches, as people seek out information and resources on how to manage menopause at their places of employment. On the other hand, companies are also increasingly aware of the need to revise their policies to best support menopausal employees, as they recognise the benefits of creating a more inclusive and supportive workplace for all.
Lem-uhn also unveils that the UK is the number one country searching for “menopause and work”, with searches for these terms 31% more popular than in Ireland, and 69% higher than in South Africa, the second and third most popular countries on the list.