Potentially, any one of your employees could have diabetes now or develop the disease in the future. Diabetes does not discriminate; it can affect anyone, regardless of age, race/ethnicity, or gender. Since the prevalence of diabetes is increasing, no matter how large or small your workforce, your company may be increasingly affected by diabetes. Employees need your support and assistance to continue to be productive and effective workers. Specific actions aimed to control diabetes and prevent its complications may help increase overall employee productivity and company profitability.80 Specific action steps employers can take to support employees with diabetes include:
- Review the health plans offered to employees to determine benefits for health care services and supplies associated with diabetes management (e.g., physician visits, diabetes education, dietitian visits, blood glucose testing supplies).
- Encourage public reporting of health plan and provider performance in meeting diabetes care objectives.
- Seek out information about diabetes to better understand the needs of employees with diabetes. Information is available at http://www.diabetesatwork.org/.
80 National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP). Making a difference, the business community takes on diabetes. Available at: http://www.ndep.nih.gov/resources/business/index.htm.