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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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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