Employees are not as willing to make workplace accommodations for people with diabetes as they are for those with other chronic diseases, a new survey shows.
Danish researchers created an online survey and administered it to 1,103 participants, who were randomized into two groups: one answering questions about willingness to pay for diabetes and one where the same questions addressed willingness to pay for other chronic diseases, like heart disease or cancer.
When asked if it was the employer's responsibility to provide workplace accommodations for people with chronic conditions, nearly 70 percent believed that was true for cancer, but only 33 percent believed that was true for diabetes.
Such accommodations included things such as the possibility of a part-time position, the ability to work from home, or having an additional break with pay.
Employees who believed the employer was not responsible for flexible working conditions were also willing to pay significantly less to accommodate employees with diabetes.
Demographically, female gender, lower age, and lower education were linked to less of a willingness to pay to accommodate an employee with diabetes, the researchers said of the survey, which was presented this week at the American Diabetes Association’s 76th Scientific Sessions in New Orleans.
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