Q. A number of employees in our workplace have cancer. As the personnel director, I would like to organize educational programs to help all our employees learn more about cancer. How do I do this?

A.

Many human resource departments are proactive in helping their employees cope with cancer in the workplace. They demonstrate compassion by developing educational programs to help employees with their concerns.

Companies address cancer in the workplace with education and information. Some employers offer annual company-wide health fairs. Smaller companies may not be able to offer a large health fair for their employees, but they might be able to work with their benefits provider to host smaller events and workshops during the year.

Another way to provide low-cost employee education is to partner with community outreach programs, cancer centers, and nonprofit organizations that can provide educational materials and seminars.

Examples of workshop topics include:

  • Cancer treatment updates
  • Early detection of cancer
  • Communicating with your doctor
  • Coping with a co-worker’s cancer
  • Review of employer sponsored health plans

CancerCare offers many resources that can assist human resource departments to develop educational programs and services for their employees, including:

Contact us at 1-800-813-HOPE (4673) to learn more about how we can help.