What is a Reasonable Adjustment?
Reasonable adjustments remove or minimise disadvantages experienced by those with a disability or a health condition. As a job applicant, you can ask for reasonable adjustments for any part of the recruitment process. For example, someone might need the application form in a different format, wheelchair access for an interview, or more time for an interview test.
To help you during the recruitment process, we will work with you every step of the way taking into account any adjustments that could be beneficial to you. We want to make sure you feel supported should you need an adjustment, even if you do not feel you qualify under the Disability Confident Committed criteria.
As no two employers are the same, what may be reasonable for one employer, may not be for another. Regardless of these differences, the aim is to remove any substantial barrier that a person may experience in the recruitment process or within the workplace.
Sometimes individuals will be asked for evidence of disability or evidence that a particular adjustment would be beneficial, however it is not always necessary to request evidence where it is obvious that the adjustment would be beneficial.
The benefits of making reasonable adjustments
Whilst it is important to consider the legal context, putting in place some simple adjustments can have a positive impact on the wellbeing, experience and performance of the workforce.
Workplace adjustments can make an organisation a more attractive place to work and can contribute to the development of inclusive working environments and cultures by:
- Helping people to feel more valued, confident and supported in their job and in working towards their career aspirations.
- Improving employee engagement and staff experience, which in turn will increase staff retention.
- Providing higher levels of productivity and reducing levels of sickness absence.
- Reducing levels of harassment, bullying and abuse.
- Increasing understanding amongst senior leaders, managers and colleagues about diversity, equality and inclusion in the workplace, which in turn, will help to improve patient care and outcomes.
What kind of adjustments can be made?
Below are some examples of the type of adjustments that can be made. Please note this is not an exhaustive list.
Things such as:
- Adjustable desks
- Assistive technology software
- Dyslexia overlays
- Screen covers for glare
- Wheelchair access
- Desktop computers and/or laptops
- Laptop stands
- Change in hours
- Additional breaks
Reasonable Adjustments when it comes to interview
- A sign language interpreter
- Changing the time, location or format of interviews
- Providing interview questions in written format
- Additional time in timed tests, interviews or other assessment activities
- Advice about assistive technology