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Helping Employees with Cancer Return to Productivity

Oct 22, 2019

Key Takeaways

  • In some instances, cancer has transitioned to a chronic condition that people manage.
  • Employers can play a role in improving the financial wellness of employees living with cancer.
  • Providing access to resources can help those with a cancer diagnosis successfully return to work.

 

U.S. cancer death rate decreased 27% between 1991 and 2016, due to a reduction in smoking and progress in early detection.1 Additionally, in a previous publication, Shifting Mortality Data Impacting Well Being in the Workplace Opens in a new window, Prudential reported cancer related causes of death had decreased among its Life book of business over the last 10 years.2 Cancer does, however, remain commonplace and in some instances, has transitioned to a chronic condition that people live and work with every day.

Employers are in a unique position to help preserve the productivity and financial wellness of employees living with cancer. They can do this by remaining sensitive to the complexity of a cancer diagnosis and provide a supportive environment that encourages treatment, creates flexibility, and allows for structured transitional stay-at-work and return-to-work opportunities.

 

 

To optimize workplace productivity, employers should also work to make sure employees have access to benefits and resources that help them minimize the anxiety and financial burden associated with a cancer diagnosis.

 

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To learn more, read Helping Employees with Cancer Return to Productivity   PDF opens in a new window.

 

1American Cancer Society, 2019.

2Tugman, K. (2019) Prudential aggregate life study.

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