Communication continues to be an important aspect in the workplace, whether you've taken time off or are working through your treatment. Keeping open lines of communication with coworkers and supervisors can help remind them that you’re still an effective part of the team. A lack of communication can cause questions surrounding your value and productivity, giving rise to confusion and anxiety — even mistrust. Clear and consistent communication, on the other hand, can create a strong sense of reassurance.
Identify a point person.
Assuming you’ve shared your diagnosis, one strategy is to identify a point person at work — someone you trust who is willing to be a centralized source of information about you, your health and your schedule. That person can save you from having to constantly update everyone on how you’re feeling. They can also be your go-to person for finding out what’s happening at the office when you are out for appointments.
Let your supervisors and coworkers know how you intend to stay on top of your work responsibilities or if there’s any change in your condition or treatment that will affect your performance.
If you need help, ask for it.
It doesn’t convey weakness; rather, it shows that you’re invested in ensuring the best outcome for any given project.
If colleagues pitch in to help manage some of your responsibilities, let them know that you truly appreciate their assistance.
Page updated 2023.