10 October 2016
Four in five (87%) line managers are not given any training on how to support people with long term conditions including cancer, according to new research by Macmillan Cancer Support.
A YouGov survey of 1,010 line managers also revealed a misconception, a quarter (26%) thought making reasonable adjustments to allow someone with cancer to keep working would be difficult. However over two thirds (69%) of those who had had to make reasonable adjustments said it was easy to do.
Approximately one in three people living with cancer in the UK are of working age. With improvements in survival rates for cancer and more people working for longer and retiring later, employers need to be able to support the growing numbers of people with cancer in the workplace, predicted to reach 1.7 million by 2030.
Liz Egan, Working Through Cancer Programme Lead at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“It’s vital that managers feel comfortable talking about cancer with employees who are undergoing, or have been through, treatment. And they need to listen to and understand what the employee’s needs are including individual adjustments which could enable them to stay in or return to work.”
“Supporting staff the right way has business benefits. Not only to fulfil legal obligations, but also in retaining knowledgeable staff, and saving on the costs of recruitment and training. It fosters loyalty, and drives a positive company image to customers and potential employees. Macmillan offers training and advice to help make this as easy and rewarding as possible.”
Employers can access information, support and training on managing someone with cancer by visiting www.macmillan.org.uk/work and signing up to Macmillan At Work.
For further information, please contact:
Claire Rushforth, Senior Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7840 4872 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
1 Line managers surveyed were asked whether they had been given any training in how to support employees with long term conditions including cancer.
2 All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 1010 line managers. Fieldwork was undertaken between 5/25/2016 - 6/11/2016. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of line managers in the UK.
3 Line managers surveyed were asked: How easy do you think it would be to make reasonable adjustments for an employee with cancer or another condition?
4 Line managers surveyed were asked how easy they found it to make reasonable adjustments for an employee with cancer or another condition? Responses included those who answered ‘easy’ and ‘very easy’.
5 Maddams J, Utley M, Møller H. Projections of cancer prevalence in the United Kingdom, 2010-2040. Br J Cancer 2012; 107: 1195-1202. (Projections scenario 1) and Macmillan analysis based on extrapolation of 2010 and 2020 projections that the number of people living with cancer will hit an estimated 2.5 million in 2015, of whom around a third are aged under 65.
6 Oxford Economics (2012), Can Work, Will Work. Valuing the contribution and understanding the needs of people living with cancer in the workforce.
About Macmillan Cancer Support
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.
That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.
To get involved, call 0300 1000 200 today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk