Top tips on how to support a colleague during and after cancer treatment
Cancer is having a huge impact within the workplace and this will continue and increase for the foreseeable future. Although long-term absence (lasting over four weeks) only accounts for 5% of all absence episodes, it typically accounts for 30–40% of total working time lost. In 2013 it was estimated to cost the UK £4bn per annum. Cancer represents a significant cause of long-term absence for manual workers (29%) and among non-manual employees is the second most frequently reported cause of long-term absence. And with the number of cancer survivors expected to increase from 2.5 million to 4 million by 2030, being equipped to support staff affected by cancer will become even more important.
Line managers play a crucial role in…
Written for Macmillan Cancer Support, March 2017