1. Choose the right time and place
Timing is crucial. Request a private meeting with your manager, ensuring both of you have enough time to discuss everything you need to. A calm and private setting can also help – avoid having the conversation in a common area.
2. Educate yourself
3. Frame the conversation
Start by expressing your appreciation for the workplace environment and your desire to maintain your productivity. This positive approach sets the tone for the discussion and will help your manager to understand where you’re coming from.
Be honest and open
While the meeting should remain professional, now is not the time to sugarcoat your experiences. If you’ve been struggling with symptoms, be honest about what they are and how they affect you. Honest communication helps your manager understand your perspective.
Discuss possible accommodations
If necessary, propose some adjustments that could support you during this phase. This might include flexible work hours, a quiet space for breaks, or the option to work remotely on certain days.
Highlight your commitment to your job
Reassure your manager that your goal is to continue contributing effectively while managing the changes brought on by the menopause.
Suggest a plan of action
If you have suggestions for how the workplace could better accommodate your needs, talk about them with your manager. This shows that you’re being proactive about the issue.
After the conversation, send a follow-up email summarising the key points discussed and any agreed-upon actions. Ensure everyone is on the same page andhas a plan that you can refer back to.