Work and Cancer – the challenges of returning to work during a pandemic
WWC Associate, Louise Barrett, writes about the challenges of returning to work following cancer treatment – and during a pandemic.
Returning to work following cancer treatment is never easy at the best of times. It is often described as feeling like you are jumping on a fast-moving train, bringing with it feelings of anxiety and stress – will I be able to do my job, what do I tell colleagues about my cancer, how will I cope with the hours and workload? However, returning during a pandemic can bring a whole new level of complexity. How will I manage my job working from home, getting use to different technologies such as Zoom/Teams, new work processes to allow for home working, the lack of face to face contact with work colleagues and creating boundaries between work and personal life (particularly if other family members are working or schooling/learning from home)?
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