Step 6 of 10 in getting ready to return to work:
Keeping in touch with your work managers and colleagues can be helpful to ensure you have a supportive workplace when you return to work. Ongoing and early discussions about going back to work can give your employer reason to keep your job for you and can give enough time to your employer to arrange for job accommodations you may need. See the section on key questions to guide a return to work plan.
Sometimes cancer survivors may have concerns about disclosing their cancer and may benefit from considering how much, to whom, and how they might want to share these details. For helpful information related to disclosure see: Who gets to know: How to exercise your power of “disclosure”
Part of a successful return to work is to assess whether your workplace is ready for your return and if they have the support you need. This information can be gathered by exploring with your employer or workplace representatives (such as union representatives, human resource professionals, occupational health specialist, disability managers, or return to work coordinators) the type of support available such as work accommodation (for example, a graduated return to work, flexible hours, working from home, etc.) For ideas on what to ask, see our section Inquire about return to work practices and policies at the workplace.