Managing Cancer in the Workplace
As part of a series of events marking World Cancer Day earlier this month, Macmillan at Work, a division of Macmillan Cancer Support, introduced Canada Life employees to insights and ideas around managing cancer in the workplace.
Donna Wray and Sam Collins are rehabilitation nurses with Canada Life’s Early Intervention Service (EIS) who deal with employers and support employees back to work. Both said the session they attended in the company’s Group office reinforced some of the best practices they’re using to manage cases on a daily basis.
According to Collins, it’s critical to look at each person individually, with compassion and an open mind: “There are different ways to manage different circumstances – being flexible helps everyone involved. The employee with a cancer diagnosis should be supported whether they’re at work or on leave.”
In Wray’s experience, employers with on-going contact with their employees see a much better outcome. “Open and regular communication between the employer and employee helps the employee feels supported and not forgotten about while they’re on leave. Keeping in regular touch also helps reduce barriers and pave the way for a successful return when the employee is ready to come back.”
Canada Life’s EIS teams frequently signpost employers and employees to information from Macmillan and the resources through EmployeeCare. Other organisations they refer to include: Breast Cancer Haven, My New Hair, and Maggie’s Centres.
More information about Macmillan at Work and support for employers, people living with cancer, and carers can be found here.
PHOTO: Donna Wray and Sam Collins are rehabilitation nurses with Canada Life’s Early Intervention Service (EIS) who deal with employers and support employees back to work.