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Top tips for talking about diabetes with your colleagues and employer

It's difficult being open and honest about your condition with your employer. Here are out top tips for how to make your work life a little easier. 

It’s your conversation 

Don’t be afraid to be upfront about your diabetes, but equally don’t feel under pressure to tell your colleagues everything. If you’d rather just give tell them the basics about your diabetes, then that is up to you. Don’t feel pressured into opening up.

Do it on your terms 

Choose the space and time where you feel most comfortable. That could be in a meeting room first thing on a Monday morning or over a drink after work on a Friday. Wherever suits you best. 

Point them towards us 

Diabetes is a very complicated condition, and explaining it in a short meeting with a colleague or employer can be very difficult. To help them understand better, perhaps bring some leaflets with you, or suggest they look at our website to find out more on their own. 

Know your rights at work 

Unfortunately discrimination against people with diabetes at work can happen. This can be very unpleasant and may affect your mental wellbeing. If you think you’re being discriminated at work because you have diabetes  talk to your manager and have a look at our work advocacy guide.
 

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