Changing the conversation about work and cancer

Articles

Blogs and articles written for various organisations about managing work and cancer. We have organised these according to whether you are: someone who has/has had cancer; an HR professional or a policy maker about managing cancer in the workplace; a line manager; a carer, colleague or supporter of someone with cancer. Choose from the options below:

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Returning to work: Government and legal guidelines

Posted: 2nd June 2020

As the Government lifts lockdown measures and more employees are set to return to their places of work, people have numerous questions and anxieties. What are the ramifications of returning to work for employees? What are an employer’s responsibilities in ensuring it is safe for their employees to return to work? To get answers to… [Read More]

Going back to work as lockdown relaxes

Posted: 7th May 2020

Employers need to safeguard the health and minimise the risk of infection for all their employees but this is particularly important for those with cancer and their carers, who will be deeply concerned about infecting their vulnerable loved ones. Those with cancer and their carers will typically be nervous about…… To read more click here

One Employer’s approach to lockdown

Posted: 7th May 2020

During the lockdown a number of our clients have done an amazing job in introducing a range of initiatives to support their employees during the lockdown. One of our clients – James Hay – has put in place a number a wide variety of activities which can be done remotely during the lockdown.  Some examples… [Read More]

How HR can support an organisation when it’s leader is absent.

Posted: 17th April 2020

‘Following news that prime minister Boris Johnson was rushed into intensive care last week, this article looks at how organisations cope when their leader is absent. Barbara Wilson, WWC’s Founder, contributed to this piece describing how she managed her absence during her cancer treatment.’ A key place to start, according to research fellow at the… [Read More]

Lockdown for some – life on hold for others

Posted: 14th April 2020

WWC’s Ambassador, Stephen Bevan, has written a blog about his experience of coping with cancer during the current lockdown situation.  ‘Just a year ago I was only part way through my treatment for oesophageal cancer. I’d had chemotherapy followed by major surgery and still more chemotherapy and some radiotherapy were to follow. I’d put life… [Read More]

Can Returning to Work Have Therapeutic Benefits for Cancer Survivors? 

Posted: 6th January 2020

WWC’s Ambassador, Stephen Bevan, has written a blog about the therapeutic benefits of returning to work and the role of healthcare professionals. ‘A year ago, getting back to work was the last thing on my mind. I had just finished the first of two rounds of chemotherapy for oesophageal cancer and had spent New Year’s… [Read More]

Working With Cancer: The Past, Present and Hopes for the Future

Posted: 6th January 2020

Working With Cancer’s Founder, Barbara Wilson, has written a blog about what we do and our thoughts about improving support for all those affected by cancer in the workplace. ‘I set up WWC in 2013/2014 after leaving corporate life in 2012 where I had pursued a successful career as an HR Director in the City.… [Read More]

Working with cancer and starting a business

Posted: 19th November 2019

Guest writer, Adele King (www.transcendence-coaching.com) is an accredited Coach, NLP practitioner, Change Consultant and Speaker.  She has written a blog for us about her experiences of living with cancer and her return to work: ‘I first contemplated writing this article back in spring of this year. My mind brimming with thoughts and ideas, I couldn’t… [Read More]

Combating Cancer feature in The Times 16th October 2019

Posted: 16th October 2019

Working With Cancer recently contributed to a special ‘Combating Cancer’ feature which appeared in The Times on 16th October. The full article was commissioned by Raconteur and can be found here and at https://www.raconteur.net/combating-cancer-2019).   Our contribution is in the article ‘Dealing with Cancer in the Workplace’ on Page 10’.

Back to Work in post-treatment ‘Limbo’ – a blog from our new Ambassador, Stephen Bevan

Posted: 22nd September 2019

Our new Ambassador, Stephen Bevan, shares his experience of returning to work following his cancer diagnosis and treatment. ‘It is now a year since my diagnosis of oesophageal cancer was confirmed. I’ve now emerged from 10 months of treatment and I am dipping my toe – tentatively – back into the world of work. I’ve… [Read More]

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