The effects of diabetes in the workplace are huge. Diabetic symptoms can affect a person’s attention span and mental capacity. Meaning they are more likely to be absent from work or on sick leave than those without it. It also leads them at risk for other serious health problems like heart disease, stroke, blindness, and kidney failure.

Employers can help employees by providing education about diabetes. 

A diabetic emergency can happen at any time. It is important to know how to take action if it does arise; so you do not have an even more difficult situation on your hands in the future. 

  • A diabetes medical kit is a helpful item for those living with Type 1 or 2 diabetes. It should ideally include insulin, syringes (or pen injectors), urine strips test kits as well as a bottle of water when traveling. 
  • When experiencing low blood sugar levels, be sure not to eat anything that contains high carbs like; candy bars. 

A diabetic’s body is a complicated machine, but that does not mean their needs should be hard to accommodate at work or elsewhere. One way workplaces can make people with diabetes feel more comfortable is by; offering them an easily accessible water bottle and arranging for low blood sugar snacks in case they need them during lunch hour. 

 

How to help employees manage diabetes at work

1.) Bring awareness to diabetes – bring diabetes awareness in the workplace by holding workshops and sharing diabetes prevention and management information to help employees suffering from that condition feel less isolated.

2.) Ask employees how best to support them – when it comes to managing diabetes at work, every employee has different needs and requirements. Depending on their treatment plan, you may have very different requests for how best to handle a certain condition in the workplace. So it’s crucial that these are asked from them before going any further.

3.) Make the office accommodating for employees with diabetes – An employee with diabetes may need to take several breaks during the day in order to monitor blood sugar levels. Consider providing your employees with private areas where they can do this, and allow for enough time off.