Step 3 of 11 in getting ready to return to work:
Not all jobs with similar titles are the same, as the duties can vary depending on the workplace. Part of assessing the cancer survivor’s functional abilities for working is to compare them to the demands of their job. Doing so will enable you and the survivor to identify any challenges they may face if they stay at or return to work and inform the return to work plan. For more information see Assessing job demands.
In addition to asking the cancer survivor to describe their job’s demands, obtaining a job analysis from the employer may be even more helpful. The employer’s detailed job analysis outlines their expectations for the work and can clarify the essential and non-essential duties of the job. If a detailed job analysis is not readily available from the employer, the employer could complete the Cancer and Work Job Analysis for Employers. Alternatively, the cancer survivor or a health care provider with the survivor can complete the Cancer and Work Job Analysis for Cancer Survivors. As well, specialists such as occupational therapists can provide a job analysis and make recommendations for accommodations. The analysis allows the cancer survivor to reflect realistically on what their work entails, gives them and the healthcare provider an understanding of which expectations the cancer survivor can or cannot fulfill, and helps identify physical, cognitive, and psychological abilities that need to be addressed. The end result is a framework to guide a discussion on the next steps.