How to Make Reasonable Adjustments in the Workplace
MD of Harris HR, Theresa Pruvost, shares adjustments employers can (and should) make to ensure their workplace is accessible to employees with a disability.
It is reported that there are over 11 million people with limiting long term illness, impairment or disability in UK and 19% of working age adults are disabled; so as an employer, it is likely that at some point you will need to support a disabled job applicant or employee by making reasonable adjustments. Under the Equality Act 2010 you will have a duty to make these adjustments.
A reasonable adjustment helps to remove, reduce or prevent obstacles that may disadvantage someone at work who has a disability. Often adjustments can be low cost or free and can include things such as;
- reserved parking space near to the office for an employee with mobility issues
- additional time to complete tasks
- additional breaks
- phased return to work after sickness absence
- an ergonomic keyboard or mouse for musculoskeletal problems.
An example of workplace adjustments for an employee whose disability or health condition is affecting their memory and concentration could include;
- moving their workstation to a place in the office where there are less distractions
- making adjustments to their tasks for example, not asking them to take notes at a meeting
- providing workplace coaching to help them develop strategies to better manage their memory and concentration issues.
There is a fantastic government scheme called Access to Work which provides practical support to disabled people at work. If you have offered a disabled person a job or have a disabled employee they may be eligible for Access to Work support, which can help cover the costs of support in the workplace.
An Access to Work grant can pay for;
- special equipment
- support worker services
- help getting to and from work.
Remember - you will only need to make adjustments that stop your employee suffering a disadvantage at work.
If you need help and advice on making reasonable adjustments for an employee with a disability or long-term health condition, contact us email@example.com or call 01273 552862
Thanks to Theresa for writing this blog!