Managing diabetes at your Texas workplace can be a challenge. It is not an insurmountable task, but it may not be something that you can accomplish alone.
Often, you will have to ask for the help and support of your employer and/or supervisor to successfully manage your diabetes at work. Even though the law is on your side, this can be a difficult conversation to have. WebMD offers advice on how to make it a little easier.
- Involve your care team
Members of your care team, particularly your diabetes educator, have dealt with other patients who have experienced exactly what you are going through. That makes your diabetes educator a valuable resource to whom you can turn for advice with your specific challenges.
- Learn your rights
The law is on your side. Your employer must provide reasonable accommodations to help you succeed at your job while managing your health conditions. Arm yourself with knowledge before you have a conversation with your boss. Once again, your diabetes educator can be a valuable resource, and you can probably also learn what you need to know from the internet.
- Communicate your needs
Once you have the necessary information, it is time to talk with your employer or supervisor. Communicate your needs clearly and calmly. Your superior may not be familiar with diabetes, so you may have to educate him or her about it. Your doctor may be able to provide materials that will help with this. Whatever you require from your boss, e.g., a place to store insulin, more frequent breaks, time off for appointments, be assertive in making your requests. However, avoid aggression or hostility.
The information in this article is not intended as legal advice but provided for educational purposes only.