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Nic Paton - February 2016
A poll of 1,000 managers conducted by health insurer and provider ACA PPP healthcare found that 18% of them didn't feel ready to manage an employee with cancer. Over one-fifth said they hadn't considered whether or not they would like more training for themselves and their colleagues to support staff affected by cancer. A staggering one in 10 admitted they would let news of a cancer diagnosis influence their decision to hire someone.
This news is both alarming and interesting, as 68% of respondents had either been diagnosed themselves or had a close relative diagnosed with the disease, and yet 34% said their experience had not changed their attitude towards how they would (or did) treat a member of staff with cancer.
Head of clinical services at AXA PPP said "Cancer is on track to affect on in two people in their lieftime, so managers need to be prepared for employees coming to them with news of a suspected or actual cancer diagnosis, and for the latter, the treatment this entails.
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Original source: www.personneltoday.com