When a colleague has cancer it can impact the whole team. Here are some ways to support them throughout the process
Finding out a colleague has cancer, particularly if you work very closely with them, can be a big shock. Often they are our friends as well as colleagues and the organisation’s focus is very much on supporting the affected employee. This is as it should be, but the impact on the wider team shouldn’t be underestimated. Team members are likely to experience a range of different emotions, which may depend on the stage of their colleague’s cancer treatment and how closely they work with them. These include sadness, concern, anxiety, uncertainty, and confusion.
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Written by Maggie Newton, Working with Cancer Associate