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On the last track, we discussed providing comfort to the caregiver. Three interventions which can help provide comfort to the caregiver include not letting the cancer patient be the focus of all conversation, encourage time outs, and avoiding interference.
On this track we will discuss managing cancer in the workplace. Perhaps a client you are treating is in a supervisory role in his or her workplace. If an employee or coworker has cancer or becomes a caregiver, considerate approaches that can help foster productive working relationships. Therefore, this track provides guidelines for the business owner, manager or supervisor. Four guidelines for managing cancer in the workplace are don’t participate in denial, don’t reduce responsibilities without asking, flexible scheduling, and trouble signs and two steps to effective confrontation.
4 Guidelines for the Business Owner, Manager or Supervisor
Guideline # 1 - Don’t Participate in Denial
Gail, age 46, was a manager in a call center. One of Gail’s employees was diagnosed with bone cancer. Gail was concerned regarding how she might handle the situation. I stated, “Arrange to accommodate the employee. Your actions will demonstrate your compassion and set an example for others in the workplace. Also, if you ignore an employee who you know has cancer, six months later you may have to deal with depression, alcoholism, or poor performance.
Guideline # 2 - Don’t Reduce Responsibilities Without Asking
Guideline # 3 - Flexible Scheduling
Randy, age 36, was a sales manager with a real estate firm. Randy stated, “I’ve got this sales guy, James, who is dealing with his wife’s cancer. Lately, James has been exhibiting behavior that is pretty disruptive. Things like slamming down the phone, yelling at inanimate objects, and banging his fists on his desk just can’t be tolerated.” How might you have responded to Randy? I stated, “If James’ behavior is disrupting the workplace, you might want to confront the issue before it escalates. If you try to talk to him, he may insist his wife’s cancer isn’t upsetting him. Yet when he is irritable or not performing his job, try this...
On this track we discussed managing cancer in the workplace. Four guidelines for managing cancer in the workplace are don’t participate in denial, don’t reduce responsibilities without asking, flexible scheduling, and trouble signs and two steps to effective confrontation.
On the next track we will discuss the caregiver’s guide to well being. Three interventions can be implemented with the caregiver of a cancer patient in order to increase the likelihood of that person’s well being. They are seeking support, understanding and compromise, and handling unwanted advice.
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