Q&A | Macmillan at Work

 Why are you exhibiting at the CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition?

Macmillan Cancer Support is here to help everyone with cancer live life as fully as they can, providing physical, financial and emotional support. So whatever cancer throws your way, we’re right there with you. Over 2.5 million people in the UK are living with cancer, a figure that is expected to rise to around 4 million by 2030, so more people than ever before need our support. While cancer incidence increases with age, Macmillan estimates that 1 in 3 people with cancer in the UK are of working age. This equated in 2015 to more than 890,000 people.

Our research also shows that work is important to many people with cancer. 87% of people employed when diagnosed with cancer say it is important to them to continue working. But only a third of line managers (36%) feel well equipped to support employees with cancer. Macmillan’s programme for employers – Macmillan at Work – aims to address this. It helps HR professionals and line managers feel confident and equipped to support employees affected by cancer.

Are you looking to reach a particular audience? 

We’d love to speak to HR professionals and line managers who are keen to learn more about how they can support staff affected by cancer, whether that’s staff who have had a cancer diagnosis themselves or loved ones juggling work with caring for family members with cancer.

What will you be doing on your exhibitor stand?

We’ll be chatting to everyone about Macmillan at Work, sharing ideas, encouraging them to sign up – it’s free! – and letting them know about the exclusive 10% discount on our in-house workshops that’s on offer for delegates booking training up to the end of the year. To-date, more than 13,000 HR professionals and line managers have signed up to Macmillan at Work and we’ve delivered training to over 400 organisations. We’d love to talk to even more organisations!

What’s your top tip for making the most of the CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition?

Just plunge in and start a conversation – it may turn out to be one of the most useful work conversations you’ve ever had – and if it leads to better support for people affected by cancer who work in your organisation, then it’s a conversation you don’t want to miss.

If you had to sum up the event in two words, what would those be? 

Inspirational, essential

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