As an employer, you may already have experience with ill or injured employees. While this experience is helpful, a cancer diagnosis is quite different. An employee with breast cancer may face many physical and emotional challenges. They may find these challenges difficult to talk about and may not know how to approach the subject with you.
I returned to work one day after finishing radiotherapy. Now, looking back, I wish I had taken some time off to rest and relax.
When speaking to your employee about their diagnosis, it can help to:
As an employer, it’s helpful to provide your employee with information about:
During this difficult time, your employee may not be receptive to your suggestions or support. There may be misunderstandings in communication, or your employee may not achieve the outcome that they were hoping for.
If there is an issue, you can suggest they access further support via:
For further information, the following resources are available:
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*This article does not provide medical advice and is intended for informational purposes only.
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