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When to ask about reasonable adjustments when applying for a job??

HannahRD Community member Posts: 3 Listener
edited January 2022 in Work and employment
Hi all, I hope everyone is having a good start to the new year. I'm hoping you might all be able to help me with a problem I'm facing. I've found a job I'm excited to apply for with my current employer. I started with my employer last year and have been entirely remote since I started. However, when the current advice to work from home lifts they will resume pushing for us to go back into the office at least two days a week. The current role I have with my employer is a maternity contract, so I am confident that I can negotiate a lot around how much I have to go in, as I'm not a permanent employee and they seem to have a higher level of flexibility for people on short term contracts. The job I am going to apply for, however, is permanent. The commute to my current employer would take 1.30hrs-2hrs each way. Since being with my employer over the last year my health has deteriorated to the point that I am certain I would not be able to do this commute more than one day a week. So my question is: should I approach the new manager about a reasonable adjustment to working location (i.e. permanent working from home 4 days per week) before I apply for the job? Or wait until I am offered (if I am lucky enough to be in that position!!)? Thanks in advance for your help.


  • AndrewHall
    AndrewHall Community member Posts: 276 Pioneering
    Last month,  I was working at a building with no stairs and had to climb up and down the stairs all day. I went off work for 3 days due to knee pains. I asked the Manager for a reasonable adjustment or I would consider resigning. When I turned up for work the following, they told me they have "accepted my resignation".
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  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 11,927 Disability Gamechanger
    @HannahRD hi and a warm welcome to scope, my only comment would be that a 2 hour commute each way is probably unsustainable over anything but I very short time scale, would you not be able to find work nearer to home?
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  • JaneC_
    JaneC_ Community Volunteer Adviser Posts: 21 Connected
    Hi @HannahRD
    Thank for posting your query and I’m sorry your health has deteriorated.

    I have done the 2 hour commute and know what a toll this can take, especially if you have health problems!

    I personally would make the request once you’ve got the job. You might like to first consider what parts of the job really can be done from home and what might ‘need’ you to be in the office to see if it appears possible. 

    If you are able to make the request (to do only one day in the office) as a reasonable adjustment they need to have good reasons why it can’t be done.

    If they reject your request you may need to formally

    * ask why they

    * negotiate to get what you need

    *be prepared to challenge for failure to provide reasonable adjustment and/or discrimination

    If the job has been done remotely during lockdown this may support your case.

    Scope have an information page that contains more on this subject, here

    I hope you get the job 
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