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Exploring the Needs of Cancer Survivors When Returning to or Staying in the Workforce

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Purpose Cancer survivors have strong personal desires to resume work to feel productive and meet financial needs. However, they may be faced with physical and psychological challenges. This research addresses the question: “What are the needs of cancer survivors when returning to or staying in the workforce?”

Source: Ivona Berger, Lydia Beck, Jennifer Jones, Ellen MacEachen, Bonnie Kirsh, Exploring the Needs of Cancer Survivors When Returning to or Staying in the Workforce, Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, February 2020.

 




Cancer and Work is collaborating with Work Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute (WWDPI) in the Harnessing Talent Project

Cancer and Work is collaborating with Work Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute (WWDPI) in the Harnessing Talent Project. Harnessing Talent is a new, 3 year, federally-funded project to help employers recruit and retain employees with mental and/or physical disabilities. The project is funded by Social Development Canada’s Opportunities fund – Work with Employers Initiative.




Free webinar: Work Outcomes in Self-Employed Cancer Survivors

November 27, 2018 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET

by Dr. Linda Sharpe, Professor of Cancer Epidemiology, Institute of Health & Society at Newcastle University, UK

co-hosted by the Work Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute  and  www.cancerandwork.ca

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/997622476611152641

The session will present findings from recently published research which bought together several datasets from different European countries to examine work-related outcomes in self-employed cancer survivors.  It will discuss: differences between self-employed and salaried cancer survivors; variations across countries; and factors which influence work-related outcomes in self-employed survivors.  It will also: review the state of the evidence internationally; highlight evidence gaps and where further research is needed; and discuss challenges in conducting research on this largely neglected population.​

You will learn:

  • How cancer affects the working life of those who are self-employed
  • How patterns of work participation, and health outcomes, after cancer differ between salaried workers and the self-employed
  • What factors influence work participation following a cancer diagnosis
  • That self-employed cancer survivors may experience poorer work-related outcomes or health outcomes than salaried survivors
  • How national social welfare provisions may drive work engagement following a cancer diagnosis, especially in people who are self-employed
  • That self-employed people consider the needs of their business as well as their health needs after a cancer diagnosis
  • The areas where further research is needed
  • What issues need to be considered in developing interventions/strategies to support work engagement after cancer in people who are self-employed​


Webinar: Employers’ Management of Employees Affected by Cancer

by Dr. Z Amir, University of Salford, School of Health Sciences

free webinar Wednesday October 17, 2018 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET
co-hosted by Work Wellness and Disability Prevention and Cancer and Work
You will learn:
  • The economic burden of sick leave and early retirement for the employee, his/her employer and wider society;
  • The legal responsibility of the employer;
  • The existence and importance of a formal workplace policy for managing employees diagnosed with cancer;
  • The meaning and effect of the increasing trend towards the devolution of human resource (HR) work to line managers on the process of RTW;
  • The meaning of the “rhetoric-reality gap”;
  • The perceptions of cancer from the employer perspective;
  • Line-managers’ attitudes towards managing employees affected by cancer;
  • Factors related to employer management of employed cancer survivors.

to register: https://www.wwdpi.org/Webinars/cancerandwork