Unum is proud to partner with Maggie's - a charity that offers free emotional, practical and social support to people with cancer and their families and friends. Built in the grounds of NHS cancer hospitals, Maggie’s Centres are places with professional staff on hand to offer the support people with cancer and their families need.

Cancer in the workplace

In 2015, an estimated 890,000 people of working age had cancer. By 2030, there will be almost 1.2 million.1

For people with a cancer diagnosis, work can create a sense of normality, and give structure and focus outside of cancer. In fact, 85% of people who were employed when diagnosed said it was important to continue work.2

That’s why we’re pleased to be partnering with Maggie’s - a charity that offers free emotional, practical and social support to people with cancer and their families and friends – to help put this support in place.

Unum and Maggie’s work together to run educational events and create resources to help employers and employees address the challenges they both face as a result of cancer in the workplace.

1,2 The Rich Picture - People of working age with cancer - Macmillan 2017


Maggie’s website

Take a look at the tools and resources that Maggie’s can offer to people with cancer.

Working with cancer - employer toolkit

Employers may sometimes struggle with providing the right support for staff with cancer – either during or after treatment. This may be because they are worried they may do or say the wrong thing and, as a result, don’t communicate effectively with employees about their needs and circumstances.

Employer’s guide - Returning to work after cancer

Planning and communication is key in assisting someone to return to work or stay at work before, during and after treatment and diagnosis.

Workshops and webinars - Cancer in the workplace

Our workshops and webinars have been developed together with Maggie’s. Designed to be interactive, they provide expert guidance for HR Professionals and Line Managers to help them support employees affected by cancer. Please see our Wellbeing Calendar to register.

Working with cancer - employee toolkit

For those who are able and wish to go back to work, the process of returning to, and remaining, in the workplace can be tough.

Many people – including your employer, workmates and family – may not realise how stressful it is to return to work after cancer treatment. It may have changed your energy levels, ability or motivation to concentrate and your capability to do physical work.

To help you get back to work, if that’s what you feel you want to do, this employee toolkit looks at ways to begin the process.

Employee guide - Communication

Going back to work for anyone after a period of absence can be a challenge. Good communication is the first step.

Employee guide - Returning to work after cancer

From working less hours, to starting later in the day – there are plenty of ways to help make your transition back to work easier.