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Workplace Insight - Worst things bosses have said to employees dealing with cancer

By Jackie Le Poidevin 4 February 2020

It’s not unreasonable for an employee diagnosed with cancer to look to their employer for assistance, but according to one support organisation, many employers handle the situation incredibly tactlessly. To coincide with World Cancer Awareness Day today, RedArc, which provides nurses for employees with serious or long-term health conditions, has issued a list of the worst things people with cancer reported hearing from their managers. Over the past year, its nurses logged statements such as, “Perhaps you should retire”, “You’ve had your treatment now, so you should be fine” and “How long will you be off?”...

...In a separate announcement, GRiD, the industry body for the group risk industry, said one in three employers don’t offer any support for employees’ physical wellbeing. Given that changes to lifestyle can reduce the risk of cancer, it said such support can be an important way to prevent cancer developing in the first place. 

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