Tips For Employees With Cancer

Having cancer is hard. There are a lot of things you need to worry about, like treatments and getting better, your family, medical bills, etc. Thus, it is important that you figures out how you will be able to continue working while undergoing treatment. As with everything, the secret is time management. Here are some helpful tips:

Schedule treatments late in the day or on weekends so you will have time to rest and recuperate.

Check with your company if you can do telecommuting to do away with the hassles of a commute to provide a more comfortable work atmosphere.

Maximize your work time by simplifying your work schedule. Talk with colleagues or friends if you can split daily chores and some administrative duties.

Unless there is an overriding reason, talk to your words if about your condition. The can be a good source of support.

Developing Strategies to Protect Your Rights

Here are some strategies from David S. Landay, author of Be Prepared — The Essential Guide for Living With a Life-Challenging Condition, that you can use to protect your rights at work.

Find out how your company setting or your work culture treats people with cancer. Seek a company veteran or just someone who can teach you your company’s culture. Find someone who has had cancer too and ask for some practical tips or strategies.

Try to schedule a face-to-face meeting with your supervisor to inform him about your condition and, more importantly, you desire to continue working. Provide him/her with details about your treatment and how it may take up some of your work time. This will help you and your supervisor and colleagues to set realistic expectations. Some people may consider hiding their condition, in fear that it may affect something sat work, like say, a raise. But it is most important that your supervisors know.

Try to keep a daily log. Keep track of things at work and of your condition. For example, at work, write down something that happened which demonstrates how well you can do your job and the positive thing people say. Likewise, include how your condition treatment affects your job in case you will need an accommodation or want to take a disability leave.

If you feel that you have been discriminated against. Know your company’s attitude, track record, and grievance procedures. These grievance procedures are a way for you to communicate you concerns and seek positive solutions.

It would also be wise to contact and attorney to advise you of deadlines and procedures for taking action in case you eventually have to seek legal action.

Learn about state and federal laws, especially the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, which may provide you with certain legal protections.


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