Posturite launches new Reasonable Adjustment Service

Reasonable Adjustment Case Resolution as target on a mapPosturite, which already supplies many of Britain’s biggest businesses with ergonomic advice and products to help office workers overcome worked-related back problems and upper limb disorders, is extending its services to help companies meet the needs of employees with more complex or multiple health issues.

Posturite’s new Reasonable Adjustment Service will help employers – particularly SMEs with no in-house occupational health team – guide an employee who is or has been suffering with health issues back to work. The Reasonable Adjustment Service will offer employers a fully case-managed process from initial telephone consultation, follow-up referrals (if required), training and adjustments. Everything that is needed to get a valued employee back to work.

To simplify matters, every step in the process is costed in advance making it accessible and straightforward for businesses to commission vital services. It should help companies trim the huge annual bill for workplace absence which in 2010 amounted to £17bn.

Posturite consultant Karen Henley, who is running the new service, said: “This is a natural extension and bringing together of our existing services to meet the needs of a seemingly ever-increasing number of employees with more complex health issues. We have noticed that it’s not always possible for companies to identify and manage these more complex cases without drawing on external expertise.

“With more than 20 years worth of experience, expertise and knowledge to draw on, Posturite is in the ideal position to help overcome these problems by identifying the sort of reasonable adjustments the employer can make to the workplace or job to ensure that no one is disadvantaged.

“A lot of companies don’t realise that impairments such as back pain, migraines, dyslexia and asthma can be easily overcome if approached in the right way. Under the 2010 Equality Act, employers are obliged to make reasonable adjustments so that people with these sort of health issues have equal opportunities for staying in or applying for work.

“These adjustments might include things such as improving the workplace access or layout; getting new or adapting chairs, desks, computers and so on; or arranging special training for Assistive Technology products.”

Posturite CEO Ian Fletcher-Price, who founded the company in 1991 and has built it up to become the UK’s runaway market leader in ergonomic solutions for the workplace, said: “We already know that musculoskeletal problems account for between 65% and 70% of all employees entering the Reasonable Adjustment process that employers are legally obliged to undertake. We’ve been handling these cases for many of the country’s big blue-chip companies for several years so are well aware of the interventions that can make a difference.

“But now we will also be screening for other issues such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, mental health, visual or hearing impairment, mobility and so on – anything that may leave an employee at a disadvantage or cause him or her to miss work.

“Effective identification and management of an employee’s actual needs, rather than speculatively arranging numerous assessments and adjustments from different suppliers, can lead to considerable reduction in absenteeism and consequent cost savings for the employer.

“The country can ill-afford to keep footing the massive annual bill for workplace absences. From both a personal and economic perspective, it makes sense for employers to do whatever they can to keep people fully productive. But first they need to be made aware of all the options open to them. That’s what our Reasonable Adjustment Service provides for them.”