I am sooooo CROSS! This could go into the rant room, but it is entirely work/reasonable adjustments related.
I don't spit feathers very often but I have never felt so like shaking a colleague. Especially one in a managerial position!
An office move has been being planned for months. Since September last year my manager and her manager and his manager (i.e. all the way up to director level in my directorate) have been giving the facilities team info about what disabilities I have and how this relates to an office move, including a face to face meeting with me, my manager, facilities manager (C) and health and safety.
Then they sent a consultation plan a few weeks ago saying "this is the move, give feedback within 2 days" - they had taken NO ACCOUNT WHATSOEVER of my disabilities. (I couldn't get into the office, let alone to my desk!) So I gave them the info (again), so did my manager, so did the assistant director, and the actual director then got HR involved to try and make things happen.
This morning we got the latest move info: Final plan. With ABSOLUTELY NOTHING adapted to make it workable for me.
So today we had a site meeting with me, HR, my manager, facilities manager (C) and Oc health.
We met up and one of the first things C said was "we have talked through things before so I'm not sure there is much point in this. We will just be repeating ourselves" HR lady said a diplomatic version of 'it needs sorting, it hasn't been, so we start from the begining'
Within minutes of starting on point 1 (I can't get across the carpet in reception) C was saying to me "your manager didn't give the information we needed" and "I was never told this" and "we had none of this information"
Talk about contradiction! one minute the meeting isn't needed cos she has all the info, the next it is the first she has heard! And I'd given it in writing at every relevant point and sat across a table from her discussing it! - let alone all the input from managers etc!
All I wanted was
1. to say "these are the things that will cause significant problems"
2. to know who was going to do what to address them
3. to be kept informed so that I know that I will not be moved to a building where I have to get someone to take me to the loo and that would probably have me hospitalised within a day (yes, it really is that incompatible with me)
Every point that was raised had C blame passing. I don't give a monkeys who said what when - I just want an office I can work in!
It got to the point that shouted "Look, I don't care who said what in the past. Can we please ignore all that - I'm just interested in the here and now, how to make this work!"
And C went off on one about how she had no budget for more works, it would have to be whole new project, blah blah blah. And? How is that relevant at this stage? We had already established that we could ask access to work to help with the costs, and that it would be a director decision for the rest (to my mind end of finance story. not relevant here. They can all argue about who pays what later.) Every single issue raised got a complaining 'I could get a costing but....'
And silly excuses/non-issues kept being raised -like I cannot work in a hot environement and therefore need an air con unit. C: "it will need to be ducted to outside, and there aren't any vents in the walls or windows...I could get a costing I suppose but it really isn't that simple..." Drilling a hole in a brick wall costs a maximum of Â£30 - infact E would do it for free!
And my manager found out they aren't even closing the building I'm in currently! - it has big issues with the lift, but at least I am able to work! - I have EDS and POTS and am extremely heat sensitive, so if I get too hot I start by slurring speech and loosing coordination and end up in an ambulance if it goes too far. Today I was in the building for 30 mins and we had to cut it short because I was zoning out and slurring. My current office doesn't have this issue, so I would far rather have the uncertainty of a dodgy lift that the certainty of having major POTS problems on a daily basis despite being on meds.
I don't have an issue with my employer as a whole, I just have an issue with facilities management totally ignoring my requirements and then making me feel like nothing but an inconvenience and completely irrelevant. Not to mention her continuous blaming of other people and a lack of info - when she'd had everything from me direct!
I do however have a lot of respect for the HR woman who will be putting everything in writing, so hopefully things will look up and common sense will come into play. And I like the fact that my manager was pretty wound up too.