Changing the conversation about work and cancer

Employers/HR/Colleagues

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]

Do your HR policies and processes support employees with cancer?

Posted: 8th February 2018

Successfully managing an employee with cancer will become a far more common experience for line managers, and one of the most challenging. Read this article, written by Barbara Wilson for the HR Zone, about the HR policies and processes employers should put in place to support employees with cancer and ensure that they make a… [Read More]

What is ‘Chemo brain’ – and how can you support an employee who is affected by it?

Posted: 7th December 2017

Chemo brain refers to the cognitive changes that people with cancer may experience before, during and after cancer treatment. These changes may include having trouble with mental tasks related to attention span, thinking, and short-term memory. Many people describe this as a mental fog. The condition is common in cancer patients and survivors, and sometimes… [Read More]

When a colleague has cancer it can impact the whole team. Here are some ways to support them throughout the process

Posted: 7th July 2017

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… [Read More]

The importance of good communication when supporting an employee with cancer

Posted: 28th June 2017

Talking about cancer in the workplace isn’t always easy. It can be frightening, awkward to discuss, and very personal. Some people find it easy to talk about their cancer but others are more private. Factors like gender, age or cultural differences can also make a conversation more difficult. For example, some men may not want… [Read More]

Top tips on how to support a colleague during and after cancer treatment

Posted: 22nd March 2017

Cancer is having a huge impact within the workplace and this will continue and increase for the foreseeable future. Although long-term absence[1] (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… [Read More]

Managing the performance of people affected by cancer

Posted: 6th December 2016

Here are a couple of case studies to get you thinking: can you spot what the employers should have done differently in the two case studies below? Case 1: A friend of mine, relatively new in a senior role, was diagnosed with cancer. Keen to keep on working during her chemo and with no real… [Read More]

Is your long-term sickness policy fit for work and cancer?

Posted: 23rd September 2016

Returning to work is not a sprint, it’s more like a marathon and sometimes there need to be pauses along the way to draw breath. It’s not a seamless progression, but a long and winding road. Is your long term sickness policy fit for purpose? Read full article here Written for Macmillan Cancer Support, September 2016

Managing someone coping with the long term side effects of cancer

Posted: 15th March 2016

If you read my last blog you’ll recall that I wrote, ‘returning to work is not a sprint, it’s more like a marathon and sometimes there needs to be pauses along the way to draw breath. It’s not a seamless progression but a long and winding road’. In most cases this is a journey which… [Read More]

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