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Mark Smulian - June 2016
A recent survey of 500 human resource professionals has found that very few employers have plans in place to deal with staff who have a cancer diagnosis. Among respondents, 71% said that they have no policies for communications with, or management of, employees with cancer, while 48% thought line managers were unprepared for this eventuality.
The report was commissioned by Check4Cancer, a private provider of early cancer detection services. Chief medical officer of Check4Cancer, Professor Gordon Wishart, says "employers appear to be relying on their managers' ability to think on their feet, and to treat cancer diagnoses as just another people management issue. Diagnosis of cancer is clearly a very serious health issue - but also one that has long-term implications for the individual and their team members, colleagues, and friends in the workplace."
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Original source: www.theactuary.com