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Confidence is contagious! How workplace adjustments let disabled staff thrive

To help you on your journey as a Disability Confident organisation,  the Disability Confident Leaders are sharing their best practice, advice and resources around the topic of workplace adjustments.

They demonstrate how easy and inexpensive it can be to provide the adjustments and support that enable a disabled member of staff, and your business, to thrive.

The programme of activity runs from 12 March – 23 March 2018 and includes:

  • Presentations
  • Organised courses
  • Webinars
  • Good practice
  • Social media
  • Blogs and video-blogs

You can find a full programme of activity here

What is a Workplace Adjustment?

Also referred to as a 'reasonable adjustment', a workplace adjustment is a change to a work process, practice, procedure or environment that enables an employee with a disability to perform their job in a way that minimises the impact of their disability.

Workplace adjustments allow a person to:

  • Perform the inherent or essential requirements of their job safely in the workplace
  • Have equal opportunity in recruitment processes, promotion and ongoing development
  • Experience equitable terms and conditions of employment
  • Maximise productivity

Under the Equality Act (2010), employers are obligated to make adjustments to accommodate an individual’s disability, unless that adjustment would result in unjustifiable hardship. Many employers accept that workplace flexibility is an attraction and retention strategy.

Examples of workplace adjustments that create an inclusive environment include:

  • Changing the recruitment process so a candidate can be considered for a job
  • Doing things another way, such as allowing someone with social anxiety disorder to have their own desk instead of hot-desking
  • Making physical changes to the workplace, like installing a ramp for a wheelchair user or an audio-visual fire alarm for a deaf person
  • Letting a disabled person work somewhere else, such as on the ground floor for a wheelchair user
  • Changing their equipment, for instance providing a special keyboard if they have arthritis
  • Allowing employees who become disabled to make a phased return to work, including flexible hours or part-time working
  • Offering employees training opportunities, recreation and refreshment facilities.

You can find a full programme of best practice, guidance and resources on workplace adjustments here

Access to Work – help to put in place Workplace Adjustments

Access to Work can provide advice and support to help disabled people to start or stay in work. It can help with:

  • Special equipment or adaptations
  • Fares to work for those who can’t use public transport
  • A support worker or job-coach to help in the workplace
  • A Mental Health Support Service for people who are experiencing difficulties with their mental wellbeing in the workplace
  • Disability awareness training for work colleagues
  • A communicator at a job interview or in the workplace
  • The cost of moving equipment following a change in location or job
  • Help and advice for employers to retain and employ staff.

Becoming a Disability Confident Leader

You may want to consider how your business can be recognised as being a Disability Confident Leader. This involves having your self-assessment validated and being able to demonstrate leadership.

You can find further information on becoming a Disability Confident Leader on Gov.UK.  You will also find more guidance for employers on employing disabled people and people with health conditions on Gov.UK.