How to use this guide
This guide aims to help you understand what your employee is experiencing and points out ways you can support them. It provides practical tips to minimise the impact on your organisation and all the individuals concerned.
The guide is divided into six main sections:
How cancer affects people (both physically and emotionally)
How to talk about cancer
Workplace support strategies
Financial support for your employee
Legislation (including the Equality Act 2010, the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and the rights of carers)
You’ll find information about additional resources within each section, in case you need more details or advice. See also our 10 top tips for line managers [PDF, 47kb].
Training for managers
You may want to consider integrating some of the messages found in this guide into training for managers. This could be helpful for dealing with other long-term conditions as well as cancer. See our list of useful Macmillan resources and training tools, including e-learning for line managers.
Are your policies up-to-date?
If you have a health and well-being policy, or a policy for long-term conditions, you may want to revisit it in light of this guide. You may also wish to introduce a cancer-specific policy. Alternatively, your organisation may have broader polices that can be applied to people with cancer and/or carers. You can also access Macmillan’s Cancer policy template [Word, 118kb] on our website.
Our cancer support specialists can provide emotional support to employees and line managers, as well as put them in touch with other sources of information and support. Call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday–Friday, 9am–8pm).
We also have a series of videos on work and cancer, which give real-life examples and advice on how to minimise the impact of cancer at work or on small businesses. They include experiences relevant to organisations in all sectors.