Menopause in the Workplace

Forty-eight symptoms can be associated with the stages of menopause, the most common of which are hot flashes. Around 75-80% of women going through menopause will experience hot flashes, which vary in severity and frequency, from as little as once a day to almost constantly.

Dressing to regulate body temperatures becomes more critical the closer you get to perimenopause. However, this can be a problem regarding employee uniforms, as this factor is often overlooked when designing a corporate wardrobe.

Knowing the properties of different fabrics and choosing different style combinations can help a woman feel more comfortable when experiencing a hot flash and remain stylish during this time.

As such, the teams across the Mi Hub group are delighted to support our customers' commitment to well-being by designing garments into their collections that help with temperature regulation. We've met with Sally-Anne Roe, a Senior Designer at Mi Hub, to get her insight on some of the design features of these ranges.


37.5 Fabric Technology

37.5 Technology allows a wearer to work either in extreme heat or cold as the technology cools or heats wearers, using revolutionary methods. One of the best examples of it in action was during the Lyke Wake Walk charity challenge, completed by Dimensions staff on the hottest day in June 2018, with one member of staff completing the 40-mile hike across the Yorkshire Moors in a 37.5 full suit! Complete with a shirt, pants, socks, tie, blazer, and cap, the employee stayed cool throughout the hike, utilizing the tech's cooling benefits.


Lightweight Layers

Layering lightweight garments that are not restrictive help in body temperature regulation by allowing the wearer to remove a piece of clothing when a hot flash strikes and remain within uniform guidelines. Sally-Anne adds: "We've found that more and more now, customers want the best for their employees, with many looking to offer as wide a range of uniform options as possible, to cater for different needs. Meaning that uniforms with layering systems have become more of the norm, allowing wearers to self-regulate their temperature".


Breathability Features

Another way of staying cool is by designing garments focused on breathability features, such as implementing an eyelet mesh for underarms and the backs of garments.

Sally-Anne concludes: "Whatever innovations we use to help regulate body temperature, we can promise that our customers will continue to look good and feel good – it's what we do best!"

Contact our team of experts for additional ways your uniform styles can be more accommodating to women experiencing menopause in the workplace.