NHS Plus’ occupational guidance on CFS/M.E. for employers lists “modifying work hours, reducing workloads, reducing physical tasks” among the reasonable adjustments an employer might be expected to make for a person with M.E., as well as changing the location of work, working from home and offering flexibility in working patterns.
Re-assigning tasks to another member of staff on a temporary or permanent basis can ease pressure and may help to reduce the need for time off.
Discuss workload and how it fits into their pacing programme, with the employee concerned.
This may lead to a discussion about who else needs to know about your employee’s situation.
Any impact on pay?
Make it clear to your employee if there would be any adjustments to pay or benefits if their workload is reduced.