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 your functional abilities for working is to compare to the demands of your job or the job you are returning to. Doing so will enable you to identify any challenges you may face if you stay at or return to work and inform the return to work plan. For more information see assessing job demands.
In addition to understanding your job’s demands, obtaining a job analysis from the employer may be 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, you or you with the aid of your healthcare provider can complete the Cancer and Work job analysis tool for cancer survivors. As well, specialists such as occupational therapists can provide a job analysis and make recommendations for accommodations.
A job analysis allows you and the healthcare provider to reflect realistically on what your work entails, and when compared to your physical, psychological, and cognitive work abilities, can help determine which expectations you can or cannot fulfill. The end result of this comparison will provide for a good foundation to guide your discussion of the next steps.