Ganymede specialise in recruiting the best technical and engineering talent and providing complete workforce solutions to help build and maintain infrastructure and transportation for a wide range of UK clients.
As part of the RTC Group, an AIM-listed recruitment group, Ganymede is a market leader in providing a diverse range of people solutions to the rail, energy, construction, highways and transportation sectors.
With offices strategically located across the country, we provide our clients with the benefit of a national network of skilled personnel combined with local expertise. We have over 1,500 skilled staff currently deployed across the country on a daily basis.
We tailor our solutions to suit our client needs. Whether it’s recruiting permanent and temporary technical, engineering and safety-critical roles or providing fully managed workforce solutions of recruitment, training, account management, contingent labour and fleet provision, we work closely with our clients to understand their requirements, keeping their goals in mind every step of the way.
Ganymede’s core values define what we stand for and how we do things, helping us to provide the best possible service to our clients and candidates while maintaining a healthy working environment for our employees.
We care about local communities and are committed to attracting and retaining diverse talent. We strive to support charities and good causes and take care of the environment by operating ethically and sustainably.
People Are Our Passion
People are at the heart of everything we do. Through our in-depth recruitment processes, we attract, develop and retain the best people, supporting our clients to deliver projects safely and efficiently.
Every action taken by the organisation is done with skill, care and pride in mind. This ensures that every level of the organisation is accountable and provides the best possible service.
By continually building upon our vast industry knowledge and working collaboratively with our clients, we always deliver first-class, innovative and tailored solutions with our client goals in mind.
Safety First, Safety Always
Safety is at the forefront of our business operations. Awareness and continuous improvement eliminates complacency and ensures we keep our workforce, industry colleagues and communities safe.
Our contingent labour services include the recruitment, training and workforce management of safety-critical personnel from our strategically located offices across the UK.
As well as compliant contract recruitment, we provide payroll solutions and a unique IR35 assessment service designed to protect our clients and contractors.
Ganymede's permanent recruitment processes help you find the best talent for your business and is backed up by our market-leading two year guarantee.
Our executive search service is completely tailored to the needs of your business. Added extras include advanced screening processes and psychometric testing.
Ganymede Engage is the technology platform that drives our Managed Service Provision. It centralises all of your recruitment & workforce management functions into one, user-friendly system – mi...
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We pride ourselves in not just supplying to, but also fully immersing ourselves in the transportation sector, and have done so for over 50 years. Ganymede work hard to identify transferable skills ...
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Supporting original equipment manufacturers, train and freight operators and national main contractors, Ganymede recruit across all stages of rail projects, including design and development, build...
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Ganymede has worked closely with clients on some of the most impressive commercial and residential construction projects throughout the UK, hiring for every stage of the process from design to buil...
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Our energy division is a leading provider of skilled engineers in safety-critical and customer-facing environments for energy suppliers, EVCP manufacturers, utilities and maintenance companies.From...
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Ganymede play an important part in highways, ensuring our clients have the best engineers capable of delivering projects on time and to budget. We support highways projects from planning and design...
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Our turnkey solution to packages of works includes the full planning, management, engineering and delivery of a wide range of Civil Engineering and Permanent Way works.We work collaboratively with ...
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Exclusive Supplier of Skilled Smart Meter and Electrical Vehicle Engineers to OVO Energy
Ganymede has been working with OVO Energy since 2016, one of the UK’s fastest growing energy providers.In 2019, Ganymede was appointed as an exclusive supplier to OVO Energy to supply skilled smart meter and electric vehicle (EV) car charging engineers.The SolutionWith a large skills shortage of smart metering and EV charging engineers across the country, Ganymede’s internal systems and attraction capability has been instrumental in finding suitable candidates to fulfil OVO’s personnel requirements. We worked very closely with our client to fully understand their requirements, not only on the technical aspect but also on behavioural and characteristic traits and interpersonal skills our client was looking for. Growing the OVO ethos was very fundamental to our client.Ganymede developed a targeted plan to attract suitable candidates that would help OVO Energy deliver their operational deliverables. Through our robust recruitment process coupled with a dedicated account manager and resource team to work solely on the requirements of OVO Energy, we were able to support throughout the whole recruitment and delivery.Key Facts:Ganymede has successfully supported the growth of OVO Energy by recruiting a large proportion of their technical field work forceGanymede has played an integral part working alongside OVO Energy’s internal recruitment team.Value Added:By building an open and honest rapport with OVO Energy to get a true understanding of their requirements and challenges, Ganymede delivered excellence by supplying a technically skilled workforce who were a good fit for OVO Energy in line with their company culture and values.Get in TouchUse the form below to contact us today about how we can add value to your business.
Gas Engineers Workforce Solution for British Gas
Ganymede has been working in collaboration with British Gas for over 15 years. British Gas is the UK’S largest energy provider and largest home care insurance cover provider in the private housing sector with over 20 million customers. With a focus on maintaining and installing domestic heating, British Gas is the largest employer of subcontract gas engineers in the UK. The SolutionOur first step was to ensure that we fully understood the requirements of our client by working closely with their internal recruitment team.With a vast knowledge of the British Gas recruitment process along with our industry knowledge and expertise in recruitment, we implemented a targeted recruitment and training plan designed to attract and retain a skilled workforce to support British Gas with their project delivery targets. Supported with a dedicated account manager, Ganymede continues to support British Gas with the supply and management of a skilled and reliable workforce of gas engineers across the UK. Key Facts:Ganymede is one of the top five suppliers of workforce solutions to British GasGanymede has played an integral part in helping British Gas achieve their delivery and operational goals by working closely their internal recruitment teamOver the past 15 years, we have supported British Gas with the recruitment and training of over 700 heating engineers Value Added:Ganymede has developed a strong brand within the energy market, which enabled us to attract the highest quality candidates for British Gas.Our robust recruitment process ensures we attract and recruit personnel that not only have the right technical ability but also the right behaviours required in line with the core values of both British Gas and Ganymede.Whilst promoting our core value of Safety First, Safety Always, we continue to recite a proactive approach to health and safety. Ganymede continues to work with British Gas, adding great value to the energy industry. Get in TouchUse the form below to contact us today about how we can add value to your business.
Huddersfield Re-signalling Project
Ganymede was appointed by Babcock Rail to mobilise an experienced multi-disciplined civils team to help deliver the Huddersfield Re-signalling project. The project was initially put at risk due to a shortage of skilled civils personnel within the North West region. In order to complete the civils programme and to ensure that the deadline was met, at short notice Ganymede was appointed to mobilise additional experienced multi-disciplined civils teams. Client: Network Rail and BabcockDateOctober 2018Key Facts · Our client benefited from our dedicated workforce working to rigid deadlines so they could meet their delivery milestones. · The quality of resource provided was fundamental in the client being able to produce a high standard of installation work, this was crucial to maintaining handover deadlines. · Zero RIDDOR and lost time injuries were a key reflection of adding value to the client, this was demonstrated and enforced with our proactive and very professionally administered safety culture of Safety First, Safety Always. · Ganymede assisted by installing 40km of new routes for the project. Our SolutionBy supporting the project with 80 additional experienced competent site resources, Ganymede ensured the Huddersfield re-signalling project was delivered safely, effectively and within the expected timeframe. We proudly delivered a workforce solution that superseded the expectations of our client by working collaboratively with them at all stages of the project.Value AddedIn addition to our fully managed service and of the provision of competent and safety critical staff, Ganymede also added value to the client in the planning of the project. This project was very restricted with regards to both access and topography and our teams supported with both precision planning and execution.“Regarding works undertaken by the Ganymede gangs on my project H2B, I confirm that the ones I visited completed the works in a good manor and good standard and they were happy to engage in conversation to try to improve things.”Construction Manager, Siemens Get in TouchUse the form below to contact us today about how we can add value to your business.
Safety Critical and OLE Skilled Staff - East West Rail - Bletchley Viaduct
The Bletchley Viaduct project is part of the new East West Rail line, providing new journey opportunities between central, southern and western England. Ganymede worked collaboratively alongside Volker Rail Specialist Business to modify the layout of the overhead line system, allowing the dismantling of the viaduct to be completed safely and efficiently. ClientVolker Rail Specialist BusinessDateFebruary 2019 – May 2019Key Facts· Ganymede provided crane controllers and OLEC 3 linesmen/women to the Bletchley Viaduct project, part of the wider East West Rail Project· Ganymede supplied all site resource requirements to modify the layout of the overhead line system, allowing the dismantling of the viaduct to be successfully completed safely and efficiently.· With the Bletchley area having shortage of unskilled personnel, Ganymede was able to support the successful delivery of the project by using our nationwide skilled workforce.Our SolutionThroughout the project, Ganymede supplied and managed all site resource requirements to modify the layout of the overhead line system and deliver the preliminary phase of the East West Rail Bletchley Viaduct project. Our continuous focus on Safety First, Safety Always, enabled us to deliver the project safely with zero accidents or incidents. Ganymede was able to advise and supply the client’s project team with competent and safety-focused personnel, ensuring we mitigated any risks and delivered the project on time and on budget.Value AddedWith the Bletchley area having a shortage of unskilled personnel, Ganymede supplied an efficient number of crane controllers and OLEC 3 linesmen/women from our nationwide workforce. A well-managed and cooperative workforce from London and Doncaster were assigned and relocated for the duration of the project. Ganymede dedicated an account manager who was responsible for ensuring all resource requirements were efficiently managed throughout the project. Due to Ganymede’s robust processes and logistical capabilities and commitment to keeping our workforce safe, we ensured that we managed and controlled fatigue levels throughout all stages of the project.Get in TouchUse the form below to contact us today about how we can add value to your business.
SSE Case Study
Ganymede was chosen as the exclusive supplier to supply and manage a minimum of 250 smart meter engineers for SSE’s UK wide installation role out. SSE’s key business drivers were: to reduce risk, to reduce cost and secure supply of skilled smart meter engineers.In our partnership with SSE, Ganymede is responsible for all recruitment, training and workforce management of our engineers. Ganymede’s safety first, safety always approach is focused on providing excellence in safety and satisfaction to the end customer. To achieve this Ganymede deployed our own operations team qualified and experienced in the smart metering industry.Ganymede mobilised a dedicated team with fully qualified and technically experienced industry experts and support staff including; Operations Manager, Field Team Leaders, Account Manager, Resource team and Contract Administrator. This team is then provided back office support and monitored by our Health and Safety, Compliance, HR and IT teams.Ganymede currently have over 50 engineers working and managed across the UK with our Operations Team to provide on site support and performance management of our teams. As part of our role in our partnership with SSE, Ganymede has been able to support in improving safety and standards across the workforce and to help provide efficiency and cost savings. Ganymede have maintained an excellent safety record on this contract and our defective installation rate is significantly within the parameters of the service level agreement.Get in TouchUse the form below to contact us today about how we can add value to your business.
Oxford Corridor Project Case Study
Ganymede was appointed by Network Rail as the primary labour supplier for the Oxford Corridor Project to help deliver a package of schemes and improve the Great Western Route.The Great Western route is being modernised to bring passengers faster, more frequent, more reliable services. As both passenger and freight traffic through Oxford continues to grow, Network Rail is delivering a package of schemes including re-signalling, track remodelling and upgrades to increase capacity, connections and route availability for passengers and freight operators.The previous principal contractor for the Oxford Corridor project went into liquidation in 2018, consequently jeopardising planned operations at the time. Without an effective solution, the potential impact would have been operational delays, increased project costs, mass workforce redundancies and failure to meet key strategic project milestones.The Solution:With the involuntary change in the contract landscape, Network Rail became the principal contractor and formed the Western Enhancement Delivery (WED) division and Ganymede was appointed by WED as the primary labour supplier for the project.To enable a smooth integration within the 21-day time frame, Ganymede needed to win the hearts and minds of the incumbent workforce who were in turmoil with the uncertainty surrounding their positions. Equally, it required the creation of a new account management / resource team who could implement robust resource plans to meet the intended skilled labour uplifts for the duration of the project but, namely to meet the non-standard blockade programmed in four weeks after the resource contract was taken over by Ganymede.Key Facts:Ganymede integrated an incumbent workforce of over 60 individuals, completed relevant compliance checks, developed a training programme and provided a fleet of vehicles including telematics and driver induction/training, all within the project’s tight timescale of 21-days.Ganymede helped to deliver four successful commissionings over three blockades for a new track layout and signalling system. The project included a mixture of track and civil works including track renewals, station refurbishment, piling and end wall construction, demolition, track formation and acoustic barrier installation. At peak we were regularly deploying and managing over 150 personnel at the project in Oxford.All works were delivered without any lost time accidents or incidents. Including the delivery of a major 21-day blockade that required a 150% uplift of resources.Following on from the Oxford Corridor Project, Ganymede continues to support Network Rail (WED) with resources on other projects.Value Added:An integrated Oxford delivery structure was created by key figures from Ganymede and Network Rail senior management team. The newly created dedicated account management team held a series of consultation events at the project depot. This helped allay any fears the project team had and introduced all the operatives to Ganymede. These events were pivotal in outlining the opportunities on the project, our plans as a business moving forward and the expectations from passengers.The programme involved a 21-day implementation time-frame for Ganymede to compliantly ensure the smooth integration of the incumbent workforce. Over 60 individuals were consulted and contracted to Ganymede resulting in no losses of any jobs. The Ganymede fleet department successfully sourced a large fleet of vehicles on to the project through our supply chain, ensuring business as usual from day one of the newly formed collaboration.As part of the staff transition / integration process and in preparation to the forthcoming planned blockade, we held a series of Safety Moment events. This enabled us to embed our safety culture, identify any skills gaps and develop a dedicated training programme.Fundamental to the blockade’s success, was the fact we ensured every shift had internal resource management or our safety team on site. Part of the process also included site update reports every 12 hours to the WED project team. The report outlined real time progress with information on planned work against programme, resource updates, safety close call reporting and resolution, safety status and potential contingency requirements.The ResultThrough a positive safety culture and a passionate resourceful attitude, the Oxford Corridor project was a major success. More importantly, all works were delivered without any lost time accidents or incidents, there were no overruns throughout the life of the project and all the works were delivered on time and within budget.Following on from the success of the Oxford Corridor Project, Ganymede continue to support the WED project team with resources for their ongoing projects.“As you know we completed what we can only be described as a significant piece of work in the Oxford area. We delivered a major milestone in the project successfully and with very few real issues. The professionalism on the WED team has been excellence and the attitudes great. I’m really proud of what we have all achieved as a team and am really grateful to you all. On the Whole I’ve been really impressed with the Ganymede team in taking on the mantel since Carillion’s demise and supporting Network Rail with the continued delivery of the Oxford project. I’ve found everybody in Ganymede has wanted to help an support that delivery and resolve any issues quickly. You should all be really proud of this team, well done and thank you.” Senior Programme Manager, Western Enhancements Delivery – Network RailGet in TouchUse the form below to contact us today about how we can add value to your business.
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Recruiters - is it time to make your move?
Recruiters - is it time to make your move?IN CONVERSATION WITH TOM CLEVERLEYAs an experienced recruiter, the thought of leaving an established desk can be daunting. Starting from scratch in a new industry doesn’t come without challenges, but we spoke to our Principal Consultant, Tom Cleverley, on why he moved from a Senior Recruitment role with an established desk, into a brand-new role at Ganymede.Let’s start from the very beginning; Why did you initially get into Recruitment?"I have worked in Sales since leaving school. The idea that I could sit and talk to people and get money for it was the biggest thing for me. I’d always thought about Recruitment, I knew the earning potential was there and I was hungry to be successful. I took my first Trainee Recruitment role with a drop in salary, because I knew the opportunity was there."How did you become successful in your previous Recruitment positions?"I think what has made a difference to my experience has been the long-term planning. A lot of recruiters think about the here and now but it’s all about building lasting relationships, thinking about opportunities that could be beneficial to the candidate in the future is what it’s all about. I am a firm believer that you must know how each client works, one size does not fit all and the same goes for my candidates, I’d never sell someone an opportunity that they are unsure of, I’d rather keep in touch with the right opportunity later, even if it’s months down the line. I created a system where each client had their expectations managed which was key to understanding their needs."What fears did you have about moving from an established desk to a brand new one?"I think the biggest fear I had was figuring out how I would slot into an already established team, especially knowing how successful the business was. I thought I would be a small fish in a big pond, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Coming from a senior position, I wasn’t used to being managed so I did have some reservations about that – but I have been given the freedom to work in my own way and there are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met at Ganymede. Even with remote working I felt like I’d been here for months. Ganymede really encourages you to be yourself, express your ideas and bring your individual take to recruitment."What stood out about Ganymede?"The brand. I knew Ganymede because I had been competing with them for years! Quality is the difference, our interviews are thorough, the CVs are relevant, and the clients and candidates appreciate that. I knew my next position had to be about offering the highest standard of candidate, and I knew quality was at the forefront of everything Ganymede did. I knew if I had the brand behind me, I could really hit the ground running."What were you promised before starting at Ganymede and do you feel like you have received that?"I think the big thing was freedom – I could really focus on what I was good at. I was promised support and guidance and that’s exactly what I have, nothing is ever too much. As I said, Ganymede is all about finding where your strengths lie and that’s exactly what they do. I’ve been given the chance to break down barriers and it seems to be working!"How did you find training at Ganymede?"It’s thorough! I started my role wanting to get stuck in and go for it, at the time I was frustrated because I was a recruiter that already knew how to recruit – but it was a God send because I became an expert on the brand and the difference in what we can offer here. It’s been essential in knowing the values of the business and has allowed me to offer that quality service that Ganymede is known for. I think the reason it works is because everyone has the same training, no matter your experience. If you come in and need more guidance than the colleague next to you, no problem, because it’s there."And finally, what does your future at Ganymede hold?"There are so many options for me here, maybe build a team, go down the client relationship side of things, who knows? For now I’m just concentrating on re-establishing my former relationships but I know I’ll be here for a long, long time."If, like Tom, you are an experienced Recruiter looking to take that next step, get in touch today to see if Ganymede could be the right fit for you.
Fatigue Issue 9: Fatigue and the Effects on Work
Fatigue Issue 9 - Fatigue and the effects on workResearch reveals that, although the effects are different for different people, when a person is sleep deprived and/or fatigued, performance is affected and errors are more likely, which can increase a worker’s hazard exposure. In particular, studies report the effects that can be reduced include: decision making abilityability to do complex planning communication skillsproductivity or performanceattention and vigilance ability to handle stress on the job reaction time - both in speed and thought memory or the ability to recall details response to changes in surroundings or information provided ability to stay awake (e.g., falling asleep while operating machinery or driving a vehicle). In addition, it may mean an increase in:tendency for risk-taking forgetfulness errors in judgement sick time, absenteeism, rate of turnover incident rates. Poorly designed shift-working arrangements and long working hours that do not balance the demands of work with time for rest and recovery can also result in fatigue, accidents, injuries and ill health.Studies have reported that night workers get about 5 to 7 hours less sleep per week than those who work during the day. Sleep deprivation and fatigue therefore pose particular risks for shift-based work, and in safety-critical industries like the railway, with some research studies demonstrating that workers who have had less than 5 hours sleep before work or have been awake for more than 16 hours have a significantly increased chance of making mistakes.Further, the number of hours awake can be similar to blood alcohol levels, with one study reporting the following: 17 hours awake is equivalent to a blood alcohol content of 0.05 21 hours awake is equivalent to a blood alcohol content of 0.08 24 - 25 hours awake is equivalent to a blood alcohol content of 0.1011. Remember the legal blood alcohol content for driving is 0.05 in Scotland and 0.08 in England and Wales.Fatigued shift workers may perform less well than those working standard daytime hours, especially during periods of low alertness. The consequences of this could range from relatively minor events to serious accidents, and the risk of errors, accidents and injuries has been found:to be higher on the night shift to rise with increasing shift length over eight hours to increase over successive shifts, especially if they are night shifts to increase when there are not enough breaks. Signs and symptoms of fatigue to look out for (in yourself and colleagues) include: weariness/tirednessirritability reduced alertness, concentration and memory lack of motivationdepression giddiness loss of appetite y increased susceptibility to illness. The lowest levels of performance tend to occur during the period of 03:00 and 06:00 and that many fatigue-related accidents had occurred during the early morning.If you have any questions regarding the topics covered in our Fatigue series, please don't hesitate to get in touch with our HSEQ team on 0333 011 2048 who will offer you support and guidance.
Ganymede have joined forces with DEBP to deliver employability workshop
Direct Education Business Partnership – DEBP – have joined forces with Ganymede to deliver a Brand Me event with 30 students from Belper School and Sixth Form on Wednesday 17 November 2021 at Derby Conference Centre. The event aims to give students CV writing tips, interview practice and looks at how to use social media to increase skill set and much more! Paul Brumby, Head of Sixth Form at Belper School and Sixth Form said, “We’re delighted to have this excellent opportunity. It will provide students with an invaluable insight into the variety of ways they can present themselves for future employment. The chance to meet face to face with professionals from industry is just the experience they need especially after these difficult times.” Prior to the event, students will attend a virtual CV guidance workshop and be asked to prepare their own CV. On the day itself students will take part in a:Critique session on the CV’s created and how they could be improved.LinkedIn profile building session.Session on what makes a good interview followed by interview preparation.Real interviews with staff from DEBP and Ganymede. Claire Bergmann, STEM Projects Officer said, “It has been fantastic to work with Ganymede to pull this event together. I have worked with Kelly Tallis, an active STEM Ambassador, for the last eight months, and her passion to inspire our future generation is clear to see. Meaningful encounters with employers and the world of work are incredibly important, and many students missed out on these opportunities due to the pandemic. This event is a great opportunity for students to develop their skills and confidence to help prepare them for employment.” Kelly Tallis, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at Ganymede said, “It has been a real pleasure working collaboratively with DEBP to create and host the Brand Me event. We are passionate about supporting and engaging with our local communities. Young people have really been impacted during the pandemic and it is great that we can share our recruitment expertise to help students to increase their confidence and skills for their next chapter.” All students will receive a LinkedIn endorsement from Ganymede for the skills they have demonstrated. This not only contributes to the strength of their LinkedIn profiles but increases the likelihood of being discovered for opportunities related to the skills possessed.
Ganymede Solutions are excited to announce the launch of our new Managed Service Provision platform, Engage.Ganymede Engage is the technology platform that drives our Managed Service Provision. It centralises all of your recruitment & workforce management functions into one, user-friendly system – minimising time wasted on recruitment processes, and maximising time spent growing your business.Paul Crompton, Managing Director explains “We invested in Ganymede Engage to provide a technology solution which naturally compliments our recruitment and workforce management offering. Ganymede Engage will provide our clients with complete visibility and control of their recruitment activities and temporary workforce through a cloud based platform, delivering efficiencies and maximising access to the best talent available.” Visit our Engage hub to learn more. Get in touch
Fatigue Issue 8: Network Rail Fatigue Standard
Fatigue Issue 8 - Network Rail Fatigue StandardIn December 2019, Network Rail published a new standard on Fatigue, it requires compliance by October 2022, which is less than 12 months away now. At Ganymede we have been working towards the implementation of the new standard, making sure our staff and systems are ready for a smooth transition. We have plenty more activities planned over the next 12 months, including hosting some safety stand downs with the workforce to talk openly about fatigue and how to report it.Fatigue contributes to a great number of accidents and incidents and through better management it is anticipated that this will reduce. Reduced fatigue can also improve staff health, morale and performance. This is why the fatigue standard has been updated.The new standard uses fatigue triggers to help us manage fatigue more effectively. When these triggers are exceeded (or it looks like they might be), fatigue should be actively managed.The fatigue triggers are:Level 1 Fatigue TriggerWorking 60 hours or more in 1 weekLevel 2 Fatigue TriggerWorking 72 hours or more in 1 weekGeneral Fatigue TriggersWorking day is more than 12 hours longRest period is less than 12 hoursWorked more than 13 consecutive turns of duty in 14 rolling daysDoor to door day length (which includes your commute) is 14 hours or moreWhen a rostered staff member’s FRI fatigue score is 35 or more for a daytime shift or 45 or more for a night-time shiftWhen a rostered staff member’s FRI risk score is 1.6 or moreFatigue should also be managed when:Returning to work after long term sickness or absence (including parental leave)A fatigue condition has been identified in an occupational health referralAn employee (or group of employees) request a fatigue assessment or a fatigue management planWorking hours are being amended in relation to reasonable adjustmentsAny circumstances that affecting an employee’s ability to get good quality sleep and restThe standard can’t list every situation that may cause fatigue, as it’s such an individual experience. It’s important to remember that fatigue should be actively managed whenever it is a concern. For example, returning to work after long term sickness or absence (including parental leave).Look out for our events over the next 12 months, and if you have any concerns about fatigue please contact your local Ganymede office.If you have any questions regarding the topics covered in our Fatigue series, please don't hesitate to get in touch with our HSEQ team on 0333 011 2048 who will offer you support and guidance.
Fatigue Issue 7: Work-Life Balance
Fatigue – Work-Life BalanceIt’s important to consider the hours we work, a lack of work-life balance can take its toll in many ways; PhysicallyEmotionally, and financially. Not only could it cause a break down in family relationships, it could also impede your work performance.The Office of Rail and Road recommends 8 hrs of sleep and an hour either side for preparing for sleep and waking up and preparing for the day. This does not consider quality time spent with the family and rest inducing activities. This time for rest is a very important aspect of managing your stress and fatigue levels. It is imperative that time is set aside, but far too often, our time at works impedes or wipes out fully the possibility of rest time. Don’t ignore the signs.TirednessIrritabilityfractious home relationshipsincreased illnessesstressincreasing list of jobs to do around the housereduced job satisfactionmissing your children's achievements are all signs of work/life balance not being quite right.The benefits from getting the balance right include;Your health and wellbeing will improve from additional restYou will be more productive because you don’t do your best work when exhausted You’ll be more likely to enjoy your work You’ll have more ‘you time’ You’ll stop missing out on everything other than work You can start or have more time for that hobby you have always wanted to do Home relationships will be strengthened Why not take some time to discuss with your family what their needs are: Are they happy with you at work all the time, are there things they would love to do as a family, are there particular jobs that need doing around the house? Then ask yourself Do I need to do these additional hours or can I reprioritise aspects of my work?Have I gotten to the point where my commitments mean I cannot live without my overtime? Is this healthy for me?Is there a hobby I would like to take up but do not have the time to do?If you have any questions regarding the topics covered in our Fatigue series, please don't hesitate to get in touch with our HSEQ team on 0333 011 2048 who will offer you support and guidance.