It can be spookier than a ghastly ghost. Scarier than a
vampire-werewolf. More chilling than that one scene (or rather, every scene) in “The Exorcist”…
(insert dun, dunn, dunnn
It’s the first conversation with your employer disclosing
your cancer diagnosis.
But fear not, Cancer Career has developed a comprehensive kit for you and your boss to turn your fright
The Manager’s Kit has been created to help patients
approach the topic of cancer and their work with their supervisors. The
Kit is written to the manager, in the hopes that coming from a credible
third-party source like Cancer and Careers will make some of the more challenging things to
talk about easier.
We've laid out
the "need-to-know" laws that relate to cancer in the workplace,
successful workplace strategies and tips for working with your HR department.
Below are the
various sections of The Manager’s Kit. You can easily download and print
the complete Kit online for free, or a single section at a time.
Here is a sneak
peak to the various sections of The Manager’s Kit:
- How to Use
- A short
introduction to the Manager's Kit and ideas for approaching your boss
and disclosing your diagnosis.
- A letter
to your employer from Cancer and Careers, the leading credible resource
on work and cancer. Give it to your boss to begin the conversation on
balancing cancer treatment and recovery with work.
- What to
Expect when Your Employee has Cancer
- The best
antidote to confusion and hesitation is education. Learning how to manage
an employee with cancer starts with having a clear understanding of what
cancer is and having a list of reliable resources at your disposable when
new questions arise.
- There are
a number of federal laws that relate to cancer patient rights,
discrimination and benefits. It's important to remember that these laws
are for protection of both the employer and employee. Learn more about
the ADA and FMLA.
more about HIPAA and The Genetic Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), and how
these laws apply to privacy in the workplace.
- After the
conversation between employer and employee has begun, the next step is to
come up with a plan. This plan should be written and agreed upon by both
the manager and employer, ensuring that everyone has the same
expectations. This document suggests ideas on different strategies and
- Creating a
Flexible Work Plan
- There are
many ways for people to work through cancer treatment. This section
offers various ideas for creating an accommodating work schedule. Keep in
mind, the best strategy is often a creative mix, that adapts to the needs
of both employee and employer as treatment progresses.
with Human Resources
- A Human
Resource department should be looked on-and called upon- as a valuable
resource. They can help to navigate insurance and employee benefits, and
give perspective on company precedent on accommodating employees with
Visit http://www.cancerandcareers.org/en/managers-toolkit to learn more or download the Kit.