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After a long absence, returning to work is not always easy. When cancer interferes, professional relationships are affected, and the most reluctant are not always those that we believe. Accompanying ex-patients on the path to employment, respecting their pace is a challenge. Between a policy of return to work for economic reasons, and a desire to accompany the weakest, it is the vision of work that is at the center of reflection. Presentation of the brochure (in French) published by the non-profit organization Question Santé on the subject.
Returning to work after cancer - a collective process
Whether you are an employee / a patient, a colleague or a manager, the return to active life after this tough cancer test affects everyone in the workplace, and everyone has reason to understand this reintegration. Taboo subject, the cancer has certainly unknown side effects in the long term (fatigue, cognitive losses, pain ...) but it can also be considered as a life experience and a professional springboard. To question the essential values ​​that bring us together and restore communication is the main objective of this book. Needs, challenges, limits and new resources will then be the key words of a successful return to work, full of benevolence.
Handbook "Work and cancer" published by the European Cancer League (patient Support Group)
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THE ROAD TO A BETTER NORMAL: Breast cancer patients and survivors in the EU workforce
The Economist a réalisé un rapport sur les survivantes du cancer du sein, et les survivants du cancer d'une manière plus générale, dans le monde du Travail. Leurs conclusions apportent des éléments de réponse sur la manière d'adresser la question du retour au travail pour les actifs ayant été confrontés au cancer.
Allez hop, du boulot pour les malades! Une brochure de Question Santé ASBL
Quelle que soit l’origine du problème médical, les personnes en arrêt de travail de longue durée sont appelées à retrouver leur job et le plus rapidement possible. La brochure de Question Santé a l'intelligence de demander aux intéressés ce qu'il en est. Une chose est sûre, la réintégration est un processus interactionnel complexe.
The law on the reintegration of long absent workers divides the various stakeholders
The government's "voluntarist" policy on the return to work of sick people over a long period has both negative and positive points. In people diagnosed with cancer, "the share of part-time work resets is above average," according to a recent Inami report. No magic formula either, to resume his work while caring for the best, the worker must today be able to count on a perfect synergy between the doctor, the mutual and the employer via its HR service, with a view to double "win-win". To put it simply, it is necessary to communicate, a mission that the association Work & Cancer defends with companies.
When cancer adds value to the workplace!
A traumatic experience like cancer is also valuable! The resilience shown by the "survivors" carries many other qualities including the famous "soft skills" essential to the success of a company!
In Belgium, caregivers will be able to count on social security from next October!
Minister Maggie De Block (Open VLD) recently announced the highly anticipated creation of a status with paid leave for caregivers. They are estimated at 800 000 on the Belgian territory. 800,000 men and women who accompany, support a loved one in situations of dependence, vulnerability. Minister Maggie De Block: "These caregivers pause their professional and personal ambitions to care for someone they care about. The help he provides is invaluable. They must therefore be able to count on social security. " Source :
The right to be forgotten in the world of work
For the sociologist Philippe Bataille, the vulnerability of people who have overcome the cancer test remains after the disease. This is particularly the case when returning to work. This is why this director of studies at the School of Higher Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS) argues that a right to be forgotten also applies in companies.