In the UK, 700,000 people of working age live with cancer. And that figure looks set to rise as more people survive and live longer. Many of them want to continue working or return to work after treatment. At Macmillan, we know how important it is for employers to give their staff the support they need.
There are plenty of reasons why people with cancer may find staying in or returning to work beneficial. It can give them a sense of carrying on as normal, provide self-worth and improve their health, not to mention their finances.
And it makes just as much sense to employers as it does staff. It improves employee engagement and morale, keeps valuable skills in the company, creates a positive image, and ensures they fulfil legal obligations.
We’re here to help employers and line managers support staff affected by cancer – whether they work in the public or private sector. To do this we offer a range of e-learning courses, tools and resources – including The essential work and cancer toolkit.
Sandy Rowe worked for Cornwall Council when she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia. Her line manager Kathy Pope arranged for her to work from home so that her immune system wasn’t compromised, organising a laptop, desk and chair. And during a particularly busy period, one of Sandy’s managers even offered to work in her home.
Kathy says, ‘Sandy is a specialist and skilled member of staff. We have invested in her – so managing Sandy’s return to work was something we were motivated to do for personal and professional reasons. It made very good business sense.’
Find out more about the support we offer. And why not tell your HR team, managers and work contacts too?
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