Any advice would be appreciated!
I've been in my current job for nearly a year- it's within a busy retail environment. When I applied I made sure that my JIA was mentioned within my application. Up until the last few weeks i've been faring pretty well, but I had an accident recently when I fell and hurt my left knee quite badly due to a rather haphazard layout of our backroom/overflow of stock etc.
As a result i've had more flare ups than usual but I have still done my best to work my shifts to the best of my abilities regardless- even turning up with knee support on and using a walking aid to assist me (I spent that entire shift behind the till!) My boss has been incredibly supportive and understanding, I cannot fault her at all, she's been a gem. But I feel like my Area Manager doesn't quite grasp the seriousness of my situation sometimes despite me explaining it to her on multiple occasions. She knows that I sometimes need a chair to sit on when my joints are in pain but apparently she's now said that i'm now not allowed one- her reasoning being that because my hours will be reduced I won't need it..(I forgot that symptoms and flare ups disappear with reduced hours!)
It seems that my suggestions to her on how we can make the store a more safe environment to work in have fallen on deaf ears and now i'm at a loss at how I can make her see thing from my perspective. My ultimate worry is that she'll see me as a hindrance and look for someone "more able"
Does anyone have any advice on how I can communicate to her that I AM able to carry out my work but with the appropriate adjustments?
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