It is up to your employee to decide whether they want to share their diagnosis with their colleagues.
It is important to talk to your employee early on about the level of detail they want to communicate with others in the workplace, and when and how they would like to tell others.
It is possible that your employee does not want to share their breast cancer diagnosis in the workplace.
Whatever their decision, it must be respected and adhered to.
I was happy for people at work to know I had breast cancer, I just didn't want to be the one to tell them. I gave copies of the Helping a friend or colleague with breast cancer brochure to my manager, so he could give them out.
If your employee chooses to communicate their breast cancer diagnosis to team members and colleagues in the workplace, consider asking the following:
When communicating with team members and colleagues try to:
If your employee is diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer and dies, it can be extremely difficult for colleagues to come to terms with.
People will react differently and some team members will need support, personally as well as professionally. Often this is an exhausting time, so it’s important to look after your own needs and be aware of support available to you.
You may want to think about ways to remember the person by setting up a memorial, such as a garden or a plaque.
You should also let your team know about any counselling service or employee assistance program (EAP) available to them.
For further information, the following resources are available:
Let’s be Upfront about working after breast cancer and tackling the difficult conversations you may need to have with your employer.
Ways to help and support a colleague diagnosed with breast cancer
Employers have legal responsibilities to employees with cancer. Legislation includes Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and Fair Work Act 2009
How to help a colleague with breast cancer after their diagnosis, during treatment, and beyond
Ways to support your employee after a breast cancer diagnosis, during their treatment and as they plan a return to work
When a colleague is diagnosed, find out what won't help as you try to support them