Our Blended Working Policy aims to support a more progressive approach to work where staff have more options over where and when work is undertaken. This approach includes a more flexible use of the work environment which can mean staff working at unallocated desks and/or in a variety of workspaces around campus. Staff working in a blended way can help to make this approach work better through, for example, keeping a clear desk so that, on days on which they are not on campus, their desk space could potentially be used by a colleague.
At the same time, the School has a clear commitment to support disabled staff through the provision of reasonable adjustments. Work set-ups for such individuals should not be negatively impacted by blended working, and, in all cases, any reasonable adjustments that have been agreed for an employee will trump the provisions of the Blended Working Policy.
Staff who have agreed reasonable adjustments can request an allocated desk. In implementing this principle, both managers and fellow staff should be mindful that reasonable adjustments that justify the allocation of a designated desk for an individual may be unseen as well as seen. In addition, while all staff are expected to make reasonable efforts to keep their desks and general work areas clean and tidy, there may be items related to a reasonable adjustment (for example, as part of an individual’s desk set-up) that can be left in place.
HR is developing guidance on the importance and process of reasonable adjustments which takes into account the implications of blended working, as well as appropriate training for managers. Staff who have any questions about reasonable adjustments or disability support are encouraged to discuss these with their line manager and/or HR Partner.