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

A man at a desk. He has glasses in his hand and holds his finders over his eyes. A headache could indicate numerous issues. Is your employee suffering from stress? Or it could be that they’re straining their eyes to see the screen. Do they need an eye test? A glare from a nearby window might be causing the symptoms. Do they have an underlying health condition such as migraines or something else?

Starting a conversation about the headache could reveal more about your employees’ situation and empower them to ask for a reasonable adjustment.

A simple eye test, for example, could indicate the need for glasses – or they may have their display screen set to the wrong resolution.

Please see our Factsheet for six free and low-cost reasonable adjustments

2. Sorry I’m late

Close up of a watch faceHave 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.

A simple solution might be to agree on flexible start and finish times or to change their working pattern. Or, a work-from-home arrangement is another potential reasonable adjustment.

3. The office is too loud

Inside an office. A woman in the foreground hold her hands to her temples as if she has a headache. In th ebackground out of focus are busy employees.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.

4. I’m so tired

A woman slumped across and office deskMultiple factors could be causing excessive tiredness, including stress and other mental health issues. It could be a sign that someone isn’t sleeping because they are experiencing stress and anxiety. Some disabilities and long-term conditions can cause excessive tiredness.

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.

Please see our Factsheet for six free and low-cost reasonable adjustments

5. It’s too much. I can’t cope.

Two people in conversation. The woman facing the camera appears stressedSome mental health conditions can cause overwhelming feelings, and phrases such as “I can’t cope” may indicate that someone’s mental health is deteriorating.

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’.

6. My neck hurts

A close up of a man's hands positioned on a desk by a keyboard. One hand is on the mouse.Musculoskeletal problems are among the commonest reasons for workplace absence, and pains such as neck or wrist pain can be early signs.

It may indicate that the individual needs an adjustment to their workspace. For example, looking down at a laptop for long periods can cause musculoskeletal issues.

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

7. Silence

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

Stigma can make it hard to speak about specific mental health conditions.

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

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.

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