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Do I tell?

Discussion in 'Jobs and Employment' started by Nausicaa, Sep 23, 2017.

  1. Nausicaa

    Nausicaa Type 2 · Member

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    I will be put on insulin in 2 weeks (as well as my tablets) do I tell my employers? Obviously they already know I'm a diabetic but is there any benefit to them knowing? I know I will need to tell the first aiders on my floor (just in case) but they are employed by a different company - we office share with our clients. All confused with this new status!!
     
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  2. IJP66

    IJP66 Type 1 · Member

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    It's worth telling as if you need help say with a hypo. people maybe able to know which help you need quicker if for instance the first aiders are unavailable.
     
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  3. GrantGam

    GrantGam Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    It would be in your best interests to let everyone know.

    I hope insulin therapy allows you to get better control of your diabetes:)
     
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  4. JohnJ

    JohnJ · Well-Known Member

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    I agree with IJP66, I informed my employers when I started on insulin and first aiders on my floor (sent them the web link to this website page 'on treating hypos').

    Many people don't because they feel it could harm their promotion prospects but if something happened and you hurt yourself or others, there could be health and safety and insurance implications.

    P.S. Don't forget to inform DVLA if you drive, serious implications if you don't.
     
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  5. leslie10152

    leslie10152 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    It is better to tell your employer that you are diabetic. You need support from your team, if they don't know -they can't help. Don't put yourself in danger.
     
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  6. novoguy

    novoguy Type 1 · Active Member

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    Most employers are good about it and would won't to support their staff, I have always found this.
     
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  7. ickihun

    ickihun Type 2 · Expert

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    How can you expect your boss to provide duty of care when they are not in the knowledge of the full facts.
    Not sure if their liability insurance is valid when not disclosed?
     
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  8. Sable_Jan

    Sable_Jan Prediabetes · Legend

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    The more people that know, the better....
     
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  9. Mikew70

    Mikew70 Type 1 · Newbie

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    Not sure why you would not tell them. In the early days controlling your diabetes might be tricky and having your colleagues aware will help you and then if you do have a severe hypo. Good luck with it.
     
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  10. fletchweb

    fletchweb Prefer not to say · Well-Known Member

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    I've never told my employers I'm a Type 1 - have informed some co-workers however, because I got tired of giving my shots and testing in the washroom. For me personally - I was concerned about being discriminated against. Now that I'm in my mid 50s it doesn't seem to matter as much but it was a concern for me when I was younger.
    I suppose you will have to weigh your employers intelligence fairness and compassion - and based on that come to a decision. Good luck!
     
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  11. Bright_Sah

    Bright_Sah Type 1 · Newbie

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    Well i suggest you let everyone around you incase of any hypos
     
  12. JoeCo

    JoeCo Type 1 · Member

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    I discreetly revealed it to my manager after he was being nosy and asked why I never eat pizza every time that's ordered for a group lunch. He was completely understanding. Now he always asks if I'd like something different when they're ordering pizza, pasta, or similar "difficult to manage" foods which is very nice of him. Also one day I was late and missed a meeting because I had a bad hypo on my way to work, and I was able to comfortably explain this to him. So yes, I think it helps to tell and I felt much better after my manager was informed. Just be discreet and professional about it.

    Any decent work place should have no problem knowing and if they do you probably don't want to work there.
     
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  13. KK123

    KK123 Type 1 · Active Member

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    I love this post, your Manager asking why you don't eat pizza as if that in itself was rather odd! Diabetic or not I don't join in these work pizza fests and I don't need an excuse (albeit I have a good one)!
     
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