E.ON welcomes Minister to city centre office to highlight its commitment to supporting people with terminal illness
In 2016 we became the first company to sign up to the TUC’s voluntary charter called ‘Dying to Work’, aimed at helping employees with a terminal diagnosis to continue to work and since then several other companies have signed up to show their support in this area. We hope that today’s event will encourage more businesses to look at the ways they can better support employees and their families in the workplace.
E.ON has demonstrated its commitment to supporting employees with terminal illness and long-term health conditions in the workplace by hosting a national event organised by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) at its Trinity House office in Nottingham city centre.
The event is the latest in a series organised by the DWP aimed at bringing businesses and Government representatives together to highlight the importance of companies understanding how they can provide the support to employees with a long-term condition or terminal illness and the guidance and resources available for them.
The event was attended by Sarah Newton MP, Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Pauline Latham MP for Mid Derbyshire and around thirty representatives from businesses across the region who already have or are looking to get involved in supporting this agenda.
Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work Sarah Newton said: “Receiving a terminal diagnosis can be devastating and for many employers knowing what to say and do in this sensitive situation may feel daunting. That’s why our Disability Confident scheme is bringing businesses together to share best practice, helping to ensure that those people who want to continue working feel supported to do so.”
Barbara Duffy, Head of Talent and Organisation Development at E.ON and speaker at the event, said: “It’s been really positive to host the event and further demonstrate our commitment to supporting our employees who have a terminal illness or a long-term condition and their families.
“In 2016 we became the first company to sign up to the TUC’s voluntary charter called ‘Dying to Work’, aimed at helping employees with a terminal diagnosis to continue to work and since then several other companies have signed up to show their support in this area. We’ve also become a Disability Confident employer, helping us as a business to recruit and retain disabled people and people with health conditions for their skills and talent.
“We hope that the event will encourage more businesses to look at the ways they can better support employees and their families in the workplace.”
Rob Johnston, Policy and Campaigns Manager at TUC, said: “Your job should be the least of your worries when you get a terminal diagnosis. Serious illness is tough enough without having to put up with extra hassle at work. Everyone can surely agree that terminally ill workers deserve protection.
“We were delighted when E.ON became the first employer to sign the TUC Dying to Work Charter in 2016. Since then the campaign has snowballed with employers right across the UK committing to the Charter which now covers close to a million workers.”
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