August 12, 2008
Menopausal symptoms can be a real drag, especially at work. Hot flashes and memory glitches can look pretty bad during a board meeting or employee review.Okay, having never gone through menopause (and, seeing as how I'm a dude, I never will), I don't know what it's like. And, quite frankly, until I'm married and my wife goes through it (which is going to be a while), I don't want to know what it's like. But, really, isn't that the sort of deeply personal thing that people didn't chat about with their casual acquaintances at work in the past?
A Newhouse News Service story on menopausal women at work raised the question: To tell or not to tell? If employees misinterpret menopausal symptoms as signs of your disapproval, shouldn't you just tell them what you're going through? The story quotes one woman as saying: "I don't worry about what people think about me going through menopause. I'm more concerned about what they'll think if they don't know." [my emphasis]
And seriously, how do articles like this even get written? I mean, can anyone seriously imagine something similar being approved by an editor where the topic is something along the lines of, "Should middle-aged dudes inform their co-workers about their enlarged prostates?" I should hope not, but maybe I'm just hopelessly old-fashioned.
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