Cancer in the workplace can be difficult to face. Naturally, our thoughts are first with the person diagnosed, but of course its impact is wider than that. Managers, colleagues and the wider business will all be affected by this life changing event. So do you know what the cost of cancer would be for your business?
Perhaps you haven’t given it much thought, but with over 125,000 people of working age diagnosed with cancer in the UK each year, you need to ensure you’re protecting not only the individual, but the rest of your team and your bottom line.
One diagnosis has a huge impact
Our experience has taught us that it takes a village to support those affected by cancer. Behind every diagnosis there is a support network that spreads across and beyond your business – from line managers and HR representatives to their colleagues and, of course, those caring for the person diagnosed. Each will be affected in their own unique way, have their own questions and need their own support in order to best handle the situation they’re presented with.
Often this can take a toll, resulting in declines in productivity and engagement in your team. It’s also a step into the unknown for employees, many of who don’t believe their management team are equipped to support them. Others feel that they would be pressured to continue working or return to work before they feel ready, while a large percentage of the working population aren’t aware if their employer offers any cancer support at all.
With almost half of those diagnosed with cancer in the workplace having to make changes to their working lives after cancer, and 40 per cent changing jobs or leaving work altogether, you can see why it’s imperative for employers to take cancer care seriously.
Cancer care has been significantly impacted by COVID
Both public and private healthcare services in the UK have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and fewer areas more so than cancer care. Coronavirus has left those diagnosed, and their loved ones, navigating a cancer backlog that Macmillan has estimated will take 20 months to clear.
These long-term delays will impact you as an employer too; perpetuating the issues around productivity, engagement, absenteeism and presenteeism you will face. It’s also likely to lead to greater demand from your team for comprehensive cancer care as part of their employee benefits package.
Infographic: The cost of cancer to your business
Our infographic is a snapshot of recent research, equipping you with an understanding of how cancer could impact you and the wider business.
Mitigating the cost of cancer with holistic cancer care
There’s no question about it, cancer is unpredictable and costly – both financially and emotionally.
Your business needs to navigate this while ensuring you give the best support to your people. In a world living with COVID, that support has become even more critical with a backlog in cancer care.
That’s where Reframe can help.
We provide the connective tissue that supports cancer care in business and helps reduce its impact. We mitigate the cost of critical illness with holistic support for those diagnosed with cancer and their carers: a dedicated team for the employee’s entire journey, dealing with treatment, anticipating when more help is needed, preparing work for re entry, balancing the family.
Taking care of someone with cancer is a moment that matters. Like to see how we do it? Book a consultation below.