Returning to work after cancer treatment
Tips on returning to work and talking to colleagues after cancer treatment.
Deciding when to return
There is really no one size fits all answer to when you should return to work. Helen Rimington, a director at workplace mental health and wellbeing specialists En Masse, stresses that this decision is unique to each person.
For some people coming back to work early is a fantastic way of regaining their confidence and getting over their anxiety.
Create a return-to-work plan
Before returning to work it may be useful to set up time with your manager and HR representative to create a return-to-work plan. This may include a summary of duties and revised hours that you’ve negotiated and agreed upon.
Once back at work it can be useful to schedule regular catch-ups with your manager to discuss how you are settling in and coping with being back at work. This way you and your manager can raise and find solutions to any issues that might come up before they become a problem.
If your workplace offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), take this opportunity to make an appropriate contact who you can go to for advice and debriefing as you come up against challenges or need extra support.
Communicating with colleagues
As a society we don’t talk much about the things we really fear. It really is ignorance that can cause people to be a little insensitive.