You’re at your desk, coffee in hand, ready to start what you thought would be a productive day. Unfortunately with diabetes, things rarely go the way you think. Your blood sugar may plummet, forcing you to leave an important quarterly meeting for a granola bar. The frequent need to urinate tears you from your strict deadline, or your intense thirst takes the focus off your customers. Whatever the symptom may be, dealing with diabetes in the workplace is a daily struggle that many coworkers don’t understand. Infact, many people with diabetes elect not to share that they have diabetes with coworkers. Dealing with this disease in the workplace is just one more hurdle people with diabetes must overcome.
Telling your employer that you have been diagnosed with diabetes may be a cause for concern for people. Will they understand and be willing to make the proper accommodations? Will they still see you as the perfect candidate for promotion? While you probably do not want to discuss all of the intimate details with your boss, sharing vital facts about your diabetes is important.
Even though you may not want to bring attention to your diabetes, you are warranted reasonable accommodations in the workplace so you can continue to succeed in your job. For example if you take insulin, you are allowed breaks to check your blood glucose levels. You can rest until your blood glucose levels are normal, and you are allowed to request a modified work schedule or shift change. Workplace accommodations like this are required by federal anti-discrimination laws. To learn more about the reasonable accommodations that you are entitled to in the workplace, visit the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
So maybe your boss is extremely knowledgeable about the reasonable accommodations that you are entitled to. Having diabetes in the workplace is still difficult. Like most people, you may prefer to keep your diabetes to yourself when it comes to workplace relationships.
We understand the feeling of having coworkers always on edge thinking the worst could happen at any moment. Yet, we believe having a helpful partner that has a basic understanding of your diabetes is necessary. If you decided to share this information with a coworker, describe what a mild reaction may look like and how they can help. That way you are prepared in case of an emergency.
Now that you have properly communicated the essentials of your diabetes, be sure to stock your desk with supplies. Regardless if you’re type 1 or type 2, it’s important to keep some sort of treatment in your drawer or briefcase at all times. You’ll be thankful for the spare bag of pretzels when you experience a sudden drop in blood sugar.
Although your work day may not go as planned, hopefully you’ll be equip with a plan to steer yourself back on track. Dealing with the 9 to 5 of diabetes is just one more hurdle people with diabetes overcome and achieve regularly.
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