Employers and Worksites

Preventing type 2 diabetes and managing diabetes effectively is a smart business move for both you and your employees.

Diabetes in the Workplace

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People with diabetes live with the disease all day, every day, including at work. Although people with diabetes may face unique challenges at the worksite, they can overcome these challenges and be successful with the help of an informed employer.

You can maximize the health and productivity of your workers with diabetes by being more aware of common concerns in the workplace, such as accommodations for people with diabetes and shift work.

Small adjustments to the work environment or schedule can reduce absenteeism and presenteeism; increase productivity, concentration, and energy levels; reduce the chance of on-the-job injury; and help you stay in compliance with the law. Go to the resources below for more information and guidance.

Addressing Diabetes Is Good for Business

Diabetes is costly. Helping your employees prevent type 2 diabetes and manage their diabetes not only can help them be healthier and more productive, it can lower health care costs for them and for your business. While each employee manages their own diabetes, smart employers know there’s a strong business case for helping employees with diabetes stay healthier.

2017 - Diabetes Treatment Costs
Total Costs $327 Billion

Indirect Costs almost $90 Billion including:

  • Increased absenteeism $3.3 Billion
  • Reduced productivity while at work for the employed population $26.9 Billion
  • Inability to work because of disease-related disability $2.3 Billion
  • Reduced productivity for those not in the labor force $37.5 Billion
  • Lost productivity due to 277,000 premature deaths attributed to diabetes $19.9 Billion

Direct costs $237 Billion including hospitalization, medical care, treatment and supplies, and other costs.

Total Costs $327 Billion

Data from Economic Costs of Diabetes in the U.S. in 2017. Diabetes Care. 2018: dci80007.

The resources below provide more detail.

Help Employees with Diabetes or at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

The good news is you CAN do something to keep your employees healthier, maintain productivity, and control medical costs by reducing their risk for type 2 diabetes and diabetes-related complications.

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Wellness benefits and programs, such as tobacco cessation, weight management, and stress management, can help keep all employees healthy and productive, not only those with diabetes.

Page last reviewed: January 27, 2020