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Unum: New research into cancer in the workplace stresses importance of employer support

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Cancer can change a person’s world beyond recognition. During this often highly stressful time, work can provide an oasis of normality and routine. However, the experiences of those working through a cancer diagnosis can vary widely.

Employee benefits specialist Unum recently conducted a survey of 300 U.K. workers diagnosed with cancer in the last five years. Published in November 2019, the survey explored workers’ attitudes and challenges, as well as best practices for how employers can support their staff.

Unum’s research suggests that:

  • More than half of employees with cancer felt they may have been able to return to work sooner had they received better employer support.
  • 28% of workers with cancer said they didn’t receive any support or the support they did receive fell below their expectations.
  • 84% agreed that they were either more or less loyal to their employer based on the support they received.
  • 3 out of 4 worried about the cost of cancer and how their families would cope with loss of income if they had to give up work.

Unum have also enhanced their Critical Illness offering to help support people with cancer. Policyholders can now access Unum’s new Cancer Pathway, which provides employers and employees with tailored resources and tools to help manage and support cancer in the workplace in one easily accessible place.

Download the full findings from Unum’s Cancer in the Workplace research here.

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