Women flushed out of workforce at their peak thanks to menopause

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Women flushed out of workforce at their peak thanks to menopause

It is a knock to productivity in the workplace, and some governments and companies are beginning to take note

Lizzy Burden

It’s not every day that a FTSE 100 boss tells you about her nightly hot flashes.

But for 45-year-old Liv Garfield, the CEO of British water utility Severn Trent, it’s a way to demystify a natural phenomenon affecting menopausal women – a growing cohort at companies around the world. With menopause driving scores of women out of the workforce each year, addressing it is essential, says Garfield.

“To not employ swathes of women from 45 to 60 has got to be a real issue – otherwise you’re missing all the insight from that particular generational category,” she said in an interview. Her company was among the pioneers of “menopause education” in 2018...

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