7 signs your employees may need reasonable adjustments

Reasonable adjustments are changes that a company should make for disabled people in the workplace. It is a legal requirement under The Equality Act 2010. Making reasonable adjustments removes disadvantages ensuring everyone can bring their best, authentic self to work. It also helps to support an inclusive workplace, which benefits all.

We’ve listed some things you may be hearing from your team that are a sign they may need a reasonable adjustment.

1. I have a headache

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2. Sorry I’m late

Have you noticed a previously reliable employee is routinely arriving late at work?

It could indicate a change of circumstances, such as a change in caring responsibilities. Or they may struggle to travel during peak times because of something else.

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3. The office is too loud

Some neurodivergent people may find loud noises difficult; others may find it hard to concentrate in an environment that is too loud.

A simple, reasonable adjustment could be to supply noise-cancelling headphones to the individual. If you can, you could also create a quieter space within the office. Many employees value somewhere to concentrate. Separate meeting spaces can also keep the noise contained within a specific area.

It’s a great example of how making reasonable adjustments can support an inclusive environment for everyone.

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4. I’m so tired

Or there may have been a change in circumstance – money worries, a new caring responsibility, or ill health for the individual or a family member.

While it is only a legal requirement to make a reasonable adjustment for disabled people, an inclusive workplace explores reasonable adjustments to support all employees.

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5. It’s too much. I can’t cope.

Some neurodivergent people may hyperfocus – concentrate on a specific task – for an extended period. While this can be an asset, it can lead to working long hours – and burnout.

A reasonable adjustment may be discussing working patterns outside what may be considered ‘normal’.

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6. My neck hurts

Simple adjustments such as ensuring that a chair and desk are set up correctly can help, as can ergonomically keyboards and mice.

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7. Silence

The adage goes, silence is golden. Sometimes silence is a sign that someone may need a reasonable adjustment.

ClearTalents is a simple digital tool that helps employees identify where they need a reasonable adjustment – and supports employers in making them.

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How ClearTalents can support you with reasonable adjustments

ClearTalents provides an end-to-end reasonable adjustment process for organisations. It is easy to implement and increases productivity, retention and staff attendance. Contact us today to find out how we can implement this hassle-free approach and ensure you can support every employee

Our digital tool can support employers in identifying and implementing reasonable adjustments.