Have you joined the growing numbers of companies and company leaders who have taken the #workingwithcancer pledge to support people with cancer in the workplace?
They’ve taken this pledge because 50% of all people with cancer are afraid to tell their employers (Source: Cancer@Work study). These people are in need of a more open, inclusive and supportive approach at work.
And, let’s face it, you could be one of those people, because one in two of us will get cancer in our lifetime.
About the #workingwithcancer Pledge
Launched by media agency Publicis, the #workingwithcancer campaign aims to create a recovery-forward, supportive work environment for employees with cancer.
The campaign addresses the challenges of a cancer diagnosis in the workplace, because it is one of the most common and immediately understood. 50% of people will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives, and this campaign aims to make it safer to share that experience, or any experience with a serious illness or condition, at work.
Mark Guymer, CEO of Cancer Support UK, says:
“At Cancer Support UK we have used our expertise to create a number of cancer support courses, which means every type of organisation can give employees the knowledge, tools and confidence to give colleagues impacted by cancer the right kind of emotional support.
“Employees may also be carers or have close friends and families impacted by cancer and these courses can help organisations support them through these difficult times.”
Organisations who sign up to the #WorkingWithCancerPledge agree to:
1 Know the policy and programmes that their company is taking.
2 Make their employees aware of our commitment.
3 Create the conversation in their workplaces.
4 Track their progress.
5 Keep learning and improving.
Organisations who want to build a supportive workplace for those who are living with cancer, can come and talk to Cancer Support UK, because we can help them take action and start making a difference.
Cancer Support offers the following training courses:
- Workplace Cancer Support Ambassador (half day course)
- Lunch ‘n’ Learn – 1 hour session
- Communicating about cancer workshop – 2 hour session
- Communicating about cancer eLearning – 35-40 minute online module
Contact Olivia Gray, Cancer Support UK’s Head of Learning and Development (firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 07763630954) to find out how you can make a real difference to your employees emotional wellbeing.