Job offer withdrawn because I asked for a stool

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Charliescar Mon 30-Sep-19 15:45:38

I was offered a job as a receptionist and they wanted me stand for 30 hours - one day for 9 hours . No stool at the reception desk .
I said I would accept if they provided a stool and that I have done the same job with a stool and it was fine . They said it would make the reception area less efficient. I am not sure if this is ok ? Any experts ?

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Hoppinggreen Mon 30-Sep-19 15:48:38

Unless you have a disability and they refused to make “ reasonable adjustments “ I think they are allowed to do it
It is ridiculous though and if I were you I wouldn’t want to work there

Drabarni Mon 30-Sep-19 15:49:51

If it was a hotel, they all seem to operate like this, what type of business is it and did it state in application ability to stand for long periods.?

Lobsterbiscuits Mon 30-Sep-19 15:50:33

Are you disabled?

Raphael34 Mon 30-Sep-19 15:51:21

I think yabu. I’ve never been in a job where I’ve been allowed to sit down at all, apart from breaks. I’ll be on my feet walking constantly carrying heavy objects for 12-18 hours. Unless you’re disabled it should be a problem just stood behind a desk

Raphael34 Mon 30-Sep-19 15:51:42


PurpleDaisies Mon 30-Sep-19 15:52:39

I don’t think that’s unreasonable unless there’s a reason you need a stool.

Funghi Mon 30-Sep-19 15:54:45

If it’s for a medical centre or similar then they might have the wrong impression and think you’re being unreasonable/grim.

Ilikewinter Mon 30-Sep-19 15:56:52

I remember reading your post over the weekend, I thought then it was ridiculous to accept the job only if the employer met your knew at the interview what the job entailed. You knew you couldnt stand for 9 hours (minus your break) as it gave you bunions and back ache. If I was the employer I wouldnt be giving you the job either.

AmIThough Mon 30-Sep-19 15:56:57

Was it in the job description you'd need to stand?
Is there a medical reason you can't stand?
Was it discussed at interview stage?

Charliescar Mon 30-Sep-19 15:57:47

It’s a hairdresser . I would obviously stand whilst dealing with clients but it would be nice to have the opportunity to sit at wuiet times as I would not be able to move from
The desk . I have worked in retail for 20 years and you move around . It’s when you literally stand there you feel tired .

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Charliescar Mon 30-Sep-19 15:58:56

I don’t think it’s unreasonable to ask for a stool

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cowfacemonkey Mon 30-Sep-19 16:00:24

Was it actually withdrawn though? You said you would accept the offer is there was a stool, presumably they said no stool so you declined the job offer?

Charliescar Mon 30-Sep-19 16:00:56

Tbh , I don’t want to work for someone who doesn’t want to look after their staffs wellbeing . I have worked 8 hour days standing , but moving around .

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cowfacemonkey Mon 30-Sep-19 16:02:00

To fair do you really want to work for such an unaccommodating company?

cowfacemonkey Mon 30-Sep-19 16:02:23

cross post

Charliescar Mon 30-Sep-19 16:02:25

Yes they have withdrawn as they have said the job won’t work for me . It’s a shame , I am really good receptionist

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AnchorDownDeepBreath Mon 30-Sep-19 16:02:24

I don’t think it’s unreasonable to ask for a stool

It's not that it's unreasonable to ask; it's that unless you have a medical reason for requesting it; they can say no.

I'm sorry that they did, though.

littleorangecat22 Mon 30-Sep-19 16:04:00

I don't think it's unreasonable to expect a place to sit, but this is something I'd have brought up after starting work. Bringing in a stool probably wouldnt have got you fired, but picking about having one beforehand probably made you seem 'difficult', unfortunately

InsertFunnyUsername Mon 30-Sep-19 16:08:24

I think they have labelled you as difficult so you have had a luck escape anyway. YWNU in asking. I worked in hairdressing both front reception then styling. If we weren't with clients then there was no way we would stand all day. Theres just no need to tbh.

Charliescar Mon 30-Sep-19 16:08:43

I think it’s best to be open with people . I work for lovely people now and previously that treat their staff with respect and treat them like people , rather than objects .That’s the main reason I left retail.

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Bellringer Mon 30-Sep-19 16:09:56

Wasn't there som health and safety ru lie about this?

Charliescar Mon 30-Sep-19 16:10:09

Thank you insert ! I know you stand to deal with the client obviously 🙄

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Cattenberg Mon 30-Sep-19 16:10:43

I wouldn’t want to work there. Walking around for eight hours is one thing, but standing in one place for the best part of eight hours is awful.

I work in an office now, and I do have to walk around some of the time. But, I also have a chair. I can just imagine the outcry if we had to give up our chairs and stand behind our desks. There would be protests and mass resignations for sure.

Charliescar Mon 30-Sep-19 16:10:49

I am very experienced in a receptionist role , so they have lost out .

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