When you start a new job, find out about things like health benefits, any changes to your insurance coverage, and new schedules. You may also want to think about talking to your boss and coworkers about your diabetes. Remember to keep emergency supplies on hand, and to check your glucose levels before meetings.
Health benefits are something else to consider when choosing between jobs. You may not want to ask during the first interview, but it is important to discuss it when hiring is in the near future. Find out if your current healthcare provider accepts your potential employer’s type of insurance.
Other things to think about include:
What is the deductible?
Is it an HMO or a PPO?
What is the co-payment for office visits and prescriptions?
Get more information about billing and insurance information. Learn More >
Adapting to Changing Schedules
Depending on your job, it will take your body some time to adjust to your work shifts. Be aware of what your blood glucose levels are doing and work with your doctor to change your basal rates. Night shifts may take a greater toll on your body, so be prepared. Learn More >
Telling Your Boss/Coworkers
Whether or not you decide to tell your boss and/or coworkers about your diabetes is a personal choice. You don’t have to mention that you have diabetes while on your first interview, but after you are hired, you may consider making your manager aware. Learn More >
Keeping a spare site change and vial of strips at your work station will make things easier if anything were to go wrong at work. Have snacks available in your desk drawer or somewhere nearby your workstation. This will make it convenient when your blood glucose (BG) level goes low. Learn More >
Checking Glucose Levels Before Meetings
Check your BG levels before a long meeting. If you plan on being in an all-day meeting, keep your BG meter with you along with some fast-acting sugar if you need it. Check your BG often during the workday to stay in your recommended range. Learn More >