Top 2 Ways to Bolster Employee Participation with a Diabetes Management Program

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As an employer, it can be difficult to navigate healthcare benefits, especially when complex diseases like diabetes are involved. A robust benefits package can make an impactful difference in the lives of your diabetic employees—and you’ll notice a difference in employee participation, too.

As an employer, it can be difficult to navigate healthcare benefits, especially when complex diseases like diabetes are involved. A robust benefits package can make an impactful difference in the lives of your diabetic employees—and you’ll notice a difference in employee participation, too.

When diabetes is properly managed, your employees are more likely to be engaged and bring their best selves to the office. Here are the top two ways that a company-sponsored diabetes management plan can bolster employee participation.

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1) Help employees bring their best

Diabetes is a highly personal disease. Many people choose to manage it in private and keep it a secret even from friends. You likely have employees living with diabetes that you’re not aware of.

The truth is that when employees can’t bring their entire selves to work, participation suffers. The average adult spends half of their waking hours at work, and not feeling like you can open up about such a major disease can be a big blow to morale. Frequently, the root of secrecy is simply feeling unsupported by the company.

Thankfully, you can go a long way toward making your workplace diabetes-friendly by implementing a company-sponsored management plan. 91% of benefits decision-makers believe that doing so makes employees less likely to keep their disease a secret.

When diabetes is out in the open, your employees living with the disease can bring more of themselves to work. And you’ll notice the difference.

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2) Foster better co-worker relationships

It’s a fact that employees living with diabetes are more susceptible to missing days due to illness. When they do, the unfortunate fact is that everyone pays a price. Aside from increased costs for employers, those employees fall behind on their workload. Tasks get reassigned to other employees whose plates are already full.

When surveyed, 1/4 of benefits decision-makers suggested that this is a recipe for disaster. Absenteeism shouldn’t breed resentment in your workplace, but the excessive demands of diabetes management can make it a difficult scenario to avoid.

RocheDiabetes Health Connection can help right the ship. The program offers personal diabetes coaches to your staff, so they can build healthy habits that allow them to better manage their disease. The results: fewer sick days, less stress and better employee participation.

A company-sponsored diabetes management plan gives your employees the individualized support they need to show up for work—and show up in a big way for their co-workers. Learn more about the RocheDiabetes Health Connection and how it can make a big impact on participation in your workplace.

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