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Can a reasonable adjustment be removed?

crushedvelvet Community member Posts: 2 Listener
I work in an company in an office where the majority of people work from home, but as we are short staffed due to 2 people leaving my department working from home has been cancelled and we have all been told to work from the office. It's a situation we expect to last at least 6 months+

While I was new they tried to tell me I wasn't eligible to work from home until I had been there a year, but after speaking to occupational health they said they will recommend it as a reasonable adjustment.

Although I only work part time I am finding being in the office more quite difficult. My Ms is flaring up with increased pain, stiffness and all over tiredness. 

Is it reasonable to stop a reasonable adjustment due to being short staffed? I don't want to look entitled by asking for something that's been taken away from everyone.


  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community member Posts: 16,147 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @crushedvelvet - & welcome to the community. A 'reasonable adjustment' refers to a person that has a disability such as yourself. Occupational Health have advised that, in your case, working from home is a 'reasonable adjustment.'
    I don't know the ins & outs of this, but it seems like contacting Occupational Health again about this issue may be a way forward for an update as regards your current situation.
  • Jimm_Scope
    Jimm_Scope Posts: 3,191 Scope online community team
    edited September 2023
    Hi @crushedvelvet, welcome to our community :) 

    Sorry to hear about your employer's actions. Do you still have communications and documents from when this was suggested, and accepted by your employer, as a reasonable adjustment?

    I would contact any HR your company has and ask why the Occupational Health Therapists report is no longer being followed. 

    Scope does have some advice on reasonable adjustments here Reasonable adjustments at work | Disability charity Scope UK.

    I also wonder why being short-staffed now means you must work in the office? Unless the work is very collaborative there is rarely a productivity improvement by making people work in the office.
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  • Sam1969
    Sam1969 Community member Posts: 2 Listener
    Hi everyone. I’m new here and I am going through a terrible time with my employer. I’ve had a reasonable adjustment removed from me recently but this was done via email with no discussion or consideration to how it will impact me. I returned from holiday to an email and that was that. Surely there is a process to follow? Any help appreciated 
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    Sam1969 Community member Posts: 2 Listener
    Thank you for taking time out to respond. It’s a very complicated situation I am in and HR are not supportive by any means. Policies have been broken from day one and the fact I’ve pointed this out seems to have made my life harder. Each time I find a solution to a situation they change the goal posts. I am fighting a system that doesn’t work. 
  • Albus_Scope
    Albus_Scope Posts: 5,149 Scope online community team
    Hi there @Sam1969 and welcome to the community!

    I'm sorry to hear work aren't playing ball with you.  Have you tried contacting CAB or  ACAS regarding this? As it certainly does sound like they've been cutting some corners and not working with you. 
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