Around half the population experience (or will experience) menstruation, perimenopause or menopause. So why do only a minority of UK workplaces have policies that address menstrual and menopausal health? That’s the question the British Standards Institute has sought to address in its new guidance for UK companies. The BSI argues that implementing changes such as comfortable seating and darker uniforms will benefit employees – and boost economic growth. The guidance comes as The Fawcett Society reports 10 per cent of those experiencing menopause leave the workplace because of common symptoms like hot flushes, joint stiffness and dizziness.