Stress and Anxiety reasonable adjustments

Stress and anxiety may be covered by the Equality Act if their effects have lasted or are likely to last for 12 months or more, or are recurring.

Which barriers are you likely to face at work?

Stress and anxiety are likely to affect all areas of your practice because of the overriding effect of extreme tiredness and poor motivation.

Some of the well-known symptoms of stress and anxiety are:

  • Unexpected attacks of heart-pounding panic;
  • Trouble concentrating;
  • Irritability;
  • Restlessness;
  • Stomach upset and dizziness;
  • Frequent urination or diarrhoea;
  • Shortness of breath;
  • Headaches;
  • Fatigue;
  • Insomnia; and
  • Muscle tension.

What kind of adjustments may be considered?

  • The NHS recommends the following adjustments for workers with stress and/or anxiety:
  • Flexible approach to start/finish times;
  • Paid or unpaid leave for medical appointments;
  • Phased return to work;
  • Regular breaks at work;
  • Home working;
  • Temporary reallocation of some tasks;
  • Support with prioritising work;
  • Focus on a project or specific piece of work;
  • Job sharing;
  • Job coach/buddy/mentor;
  • Increased personal space;
  • Quiet space; and
  • Reserved parking space.

Further information:

Reasonable adjustments

Reasonable adjustments are primarily concerned with enabling disabled workers to remain in or return to work.

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