Childhood cancer survivors' workplace experiences
Martinez, Larry Ross
Hebl, Michelle R.
Master of Arts
Recent advances in the treatment of childhood cancer have resulted in more and healthier working survivors than ever before. However, the current organizational literature has not investigated concerns that this group of employees may have. This research is the first of its kind to assess the workplace experiences of childhood cancer survivors. Results indicate that childhood cancer survivors generally report positive workplace experiences, willingness to disclose that they are survivors at work, and high levels of social support. The level of disclosure was predicted by individual characteristics including the centrality of being a survivor to one's self-concept and perceived organizational support. Disclosing at work was related to positive workplace outcomes including higher job satisfaction, organizational commitment, person/organization fit and worker engagement, and lower job anxiety and turnover intentions. Support from coworkers strongly mediated the relationship between disclosure and workplace outcomes. Implications for organizations and employees are discussed.