Our thanks to Alan for this:
Mike, an interesting story in the Guardian:
The example given is a woman who in her own words:
“I couldn’t retain anything,” she says. “I had no memory. I couldn’t see or think clearly enough to do my work. I had no confidence at all. I thought I was useless.” (my emphasis)
Despite this she wasn’t sacked she was put on performance monitoring but somehow the company ‘bosses’ are blamed.
From the article:
In July, the House of Commons women and equalities committee launched an inquiry into menopause and the workplace. “These are women in the prime of their lives,” says the committee’s chair, Caroline Nokes MP, “in their late 40s and 50s, who should be in senior positions … These are the people who should be the trailblazers and role models for younger people in the workplace.”
I am lost for words people who in their own words cannot think clearly enough to do their work should, according to Caroline Noakes be in senior positions, trail blazers and role models.
Its not that I don’t have sympathy with people who suffer from conditions that impair them mentally. They should be helped and its part of why we have the welfare system and the NHS but businesses cannot employee people who can’t do their jobs and it would be quite literally dangerous if they did. We shouldn’t raise incompetence to something to be aspired to in role models. It’s a strange world when it isn’t recognised that ability to perform a job adequately is a prerequisite to be employed.
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