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.

Maggie's and Unum - Working after cancer

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.

During our partnership, we'll be running educational events and creating 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.

Our employer toolkit can help organisations smooth an employee’s return to work following a cancer diagnosis.

Employer’s guide - Returning to work after cancer

Information to help answer the various questions you may have around your employee’s illness and how a return to work might be managed.

On Course workshop - Cancer in the workplace

Our On Course cancer workshop has been developed together with Maggie’s. Designed to be interactive, it provides expert guidance for HR Professionals and Line Managers to help them support employees affected by cancer.

Learn more about our Cancer in the workplace workshop


Working with cancer - employee toolkit

For those who are able and wish to go back to work following cancer, the process of actually getting back in 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. Cancer may have changed your view of the world and what you want from your life. It may also have changed your energy levels, ability or motivation to concentrate and your ability to do physical work.

To help you get back to work, if that’s what 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. Here we look at how 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.