Changing the conversation about work and cancer


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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Supporting Those Affected By Cancer To Return To Work

Posted: 18th February 2014

More than 40% of people diagnosed with cancer make changes to their working lives, with almost half changing jobs or leaving work altogether. The total loss in productivity of cancer survivors unable to return to paid work in England was estimated in 2008 to be £5.3bn. So, what is happening here, and why? Every case… [Read More]

How can managers support working carers who look after someone with cancer?

Posted: 1st December 2013

What should employers do..what is essential and what is good practice? Let’s start with the essential: there are various pieces of legislation that employers should be aware of Written for Macmillan Cancer Support, December 2013 Read the full article here

Why are men less open about their health issues and how can employers better support male employees affected by cancer?

Posted: 1st September 2013

This problem is not specific to cancer or to the UK.  Research seems to indicate that there are two main reasons why men don’t ask for support, which would apply both to men with cancer and men caring for others with cancer. Written for Macmillan Cancer Support, September 2013 Read the full article here

How can I embed a workplace policy on managing people with cancer and other long term conditions in my organisation?

Posted: 18th May 2013

Support from the top makes a big difference, and too often it is the case that this only really happens when those people have been affected personally. I think there are three major areas where HR can contribute a great deal to effecting change. Written for Macmillan Cancer Support, May 2013 Read the full article… [Read More]

What should an employer consider when making reasonable adjustments for an employee with cancer?

Posted: 18th February 2013

Following a cancer diagnosis, most people need time off work for treatment.  This could last for several weeks or months. Whilst most cancers have a typical ‘care pathway’, every person is unique in terms of their cancer journey, their treatment and when they feel ready to return to work. Written for Macmillan Cancer Support, Feb… [Read More]

How can a manager support a team feeling under pressure while covering someone’s absence due to cancer?

Posted: 18th November 2012

The real issue is usually about communication with the team; it is rarely if ever about the team resenting the fact that an individual is absent because he/she has cancer. Written for Macmillan Cancer Support, Nov 2012 Read the full article here

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