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ash5896
ash5896 Member Posts: 141 Pioneering
edited November 18 in Work and employment
Ok, another question relating to work and apologies for the constant questions.
My employer offers hybrid working so you can have the option of working from home and office. As I have a chair bespoke to me I’ve been told I can’t have the option of working from home as I don’t have the appropriate equipment. If I was given the option to work from home it would save me around 15 hours a week in travel alone which is a nightmare in itself and exacerbates my pain in legs and back. 
I really think it’s unfair as at the same time my employer says they are diverse and inclusive and i don’t agree at the moment. 
Any advice and thoughts would be greatly appreciated. 
Ash 

Comments

  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 12,827 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi there

    I would put in a request for reasonable adjustments under the equality act 

    It maybe worth enquiries about getting the right equipment then they would be able to accommodate 
    I have professional experience in HR within public,  private, and charity sectors.  If I can help I will 
  • ash5896
    ash5896 Member Posts: 141 Pioneering
    janer1967 said:
    Hi there

    I would put in a request for reasonable adjustments under the equality act 

    It maybe worth enquiries about getting the right equipment then they would be able to accommodate 
    I think the cost of the equipment is the issue. The chair was really expensive and to provide a chair for home at the same cost would be the same. Access to work paid for it not my employer. Thank you for this I’ll mention it to my manager and see what response I get 
    Ash 
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 12,827 Disability Gamechanger
    I presumed it would be cost that was the issue can you not have the chair at home if it was paid for by access to work 

    Could you fund a chair yourself 

    Cost can be a valid reason for refusing a reasonable adjustments 
    I have professional experience in HR within public,  private, and charity sectors.  If I can help I will 
  • Reg
    Reg Member Posts: 99 Pioneering
    Hello @ash5896

    I used to work in an office and inherited a specialist chair from a previous employee. I found that the chair could not compete with the affect of the daily commute as however comfy the chair was I was shattered by just getting to work.

    If you are saving money on the commute I wondered if it was worth investing in an office chair that is comfy for you at home? The chair I inherited at the office ( after another disabled person left) cost around £1,000 but I was able to buy a very comfy chair for £150 that is just as comfy as the old office one- if not more so as I can move around at home and do not have the commute to cope with.

    I assume your employer may be concerned that if you do not have an OT recommended chair at home that you might be able to complain if your condition worsens and hence their stance about commuting into work. 

    Hope you can find a solution  
    Reg

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