36% of employees expect no cancer support from employer
Over 700,000 people of working age affected
Cancer affects one in three people during their lifetime. And according to cancer charity Macmillan, that figure will likely rise to one in two by 2020. 34% of the new UK cancer cases each year are of working age. And with more people living with cancer than ever before, there are currently over 700,000 people of working age living with cancer.
Cancer a key part of the health and wellbeing story
Supporting employees with cancer has moved up the workplace agenda. And according to employee benefits provider Unum, it’s now a key part of the health and wellbeing story. But despite the numbers affected and increased awareness, a recent report makes it clear employers still have a long way to go.
Concern about job security and financial stability
Research by Canada Life has revealed that more than a third of employees suspect they would get no form of support from their employer if they had cancer. And amongst those employees living with cancer or diagnosed in the past, this figure rises to 45%.
The survey also reveals that many cancer patients worry about job security and financial stability. Over one in ten said they would be scared to tell their employer about a diagnosis. And less than a third felt they would be granted flexible working or time off. The research also shows this number fall to 27% among those who have experienced cancer before.
Getting better should be the main priority
All this at a time when cancer patients should be able to make getting better their main priority. So while employers may think they are being accommodating, it’s clear more still needs to be done.
“Less than a third felt they would be granted flexible working.”
“People who have personally experienced cancer are more sceptical about the support of their employer.”
Sceptical about employer support
Canada Life’s Paul Avis said, “People who have personally experienced cancer are more sceptical about the support of their employer, which is particularly damning. While many employers might feel they are understanding and accommodating when it comes to cancer, it is clear that more needs to be done in terms of support.”
“Over one in ten would be scared to tell their employer about a diagnosis.”