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Returning to work after cancer treatment

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Feelings of helplessness. Insecurity about future tasks. A burden at work.

You’d be forgiven for thinking those effects are what employees experience when they return to work after undergoing cancer treatment. But no. That’s what their managers and colleagues experience instead.

Managers are unprepared for how to get the most out of staff -and treat them well - after cancer treatment. Credit:Arsineh Houspian

Please don’t be quick to judge. Those reactions, which have been exposed via the latest research on this topic, are accompanied by sympathy and sincere attempts to understand, which underlie the fact many people don’t know how to respond appropriately when they’re informed an employee or co-worker has cancer, and so their confusion leads them to adopt incoherent attitudes.

Published in the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation and led by Dr Kirsten Petersen, managers and their teams from a number of European workplaces were interviewed extensively. In addition, and most instructively, the scholars observed these........

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