Are you talking to anyone at your job about your diabetes? Most likely, you are closer to some co-workers than you are to others. So you may let those you are closest to you in on your diabetes.
Trust is a big factor, of course. And depending on your level of trust, you may not want to talk about your diabetes at all. Especially if you have had negative experiences, like someone who shared the information when you asked them not to. Maybe you’re concerned something like this might happen in the future. If you have established trust with co-workers, how did you do it?
On the other hand, if your diabetes affects your work performance at times, if you need to have a plan in place in the event that you become ill and need help, or need to take some time off, then you may not have a choice but to let specific co-workers know how to recognize symptoms and what to do to help you. How did that discussion go?
And then there is the whole issue around telling your boss, or not. How this might affect his/her expectations for you, or your benefits, or whether or not you are promoted. Or even your job security. How are you handling your diabetes with management?
And how about your rights as an employee? Is advocating for yourself viewed as just that – advocating for yourself – or is that likely to result in your being viewed as a “troublemaker” at your job?
Talking about a chronic condition at work can be complicated.
How do manage these discussions? Anything that’s worked? Any stories to share? Looking for some advice?
I’m looking forward to hearing more about what challenges you at your job. I hope you’ll jump in here!
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