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.
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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Fatigue Issue 3: Hydration
HydrationOne of the key tools in the fight against fatigue is good hydration.Your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work properly; your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste and lubricate your joints. Water is needed for overall good health.Most people should drink 6 to 8 glasses of water each day. That is a reasonable goal. However, different people need different amounts of water to stay hydrated.If you are concerned that you are not drinking enough water, check your urine. If your urine is usually colourless or light yellow, you are well hydrated. If your urine is a dark yellow or amber colour, you may be dehydrated.If you are in good health then a moderate amount of tea or coffee is not going to cause you any problems. But they are not recommended as your sole source of hydration as caffeine, unlike water, can cause side effects.For example, people who drink coffee in the afternoon are likely to have impaired sleep quality compared to those who go caffeine-free. Caffeine is also a known diuretic, which makes you pass urine more regularly. What is it?Caffeine is the most common mood-altering drug in the world. It is a mild stimulant that affects the central nervous system. It can be found in many products such as tea, soft drinks, energy drinks, and some over-the-counter medications. According to the National Institute of Health, adults shouldn't consume more than 400mg of caffeine per day. Three to four cups of tea or coffee is considered moderate consumption and won't harm you.Here are some hydration tips that can help: Keep a bottle of water with you during the day. Carry a reusable water bottle and fill it with tap water Drink water before, during, and after a workout When you’re feeling hungry, drink water. Thirst is often confused with hunger If you have trouble remembering to drink water, drink regularly to a pre-arranged schedule. i.e. on waking, every hour etc. Energy drinks usually contain large amounts of caffeine. Also, they contain ingredients that overstimulate you (guarana, ginseng, or taurine). These are things your body doesn’t need. Most of these drinks are also high in added sugar. According to doctors, children and teens should not have energy drinks.Some people are at higher risk of dehydration, including people who exercise at a high intensity (or in hot weather) for long periods, have certain medical conditions (kidney stones, bladder infection), are sick (fever, vomiting, diarrhoea), are pregnant or breastfeeding, are trying to lose weight, or are not able to get enough fluids during the day. Older adults are also at higher risk as they have a decreased sensation of thirst, and their kidneys have a decreased response to dehydration. Water makes up more than half of your body weight. You lose water each day when you go to the bathroom, sweat, and even when you breathe. You lose water even faster when the weather is really hot, when you are physically active, or if you have a fever. If you don’t replace the water you lose, you become dehydrated. When it comes to daily water intake, it is recommended that most women get about 2.7 litres of water a day (or about 12 cups), and most men get about 3.7 litres a day (or about 15 cups). 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.
I speak to a lot of people daily who are not sure if a role in recruitment is right for them. Most of these people have either had a bad experience in a recruitment/sales role themselves or know someone else in their network who has. However, the sector has progressed enormously in recent times; Consultancies have recognised the need to conduct good business to create solid relationships with both clients and candidates and the importance of providing long-lasting, rewarding careers for their own employees. When I joined the recruitment industry, I had my own concerns. Although I had done internal recruitment in a retail setting, I was nervous about stepping into the unknown. I had a few friends who worked in recruitment and through them was aware of the highs and lows that a Recruitment Consultant can experience, particularly in their first twelve months in post. That said, through my research I felt as though the positives outweighed the negatives and despite experiencing some lows, I still feel this way now. A Recruitment Consultant learns – quickly – how to work under pressure; you are given targets and with support, you are expected to hit them. Yes, it can sometimes mean that you have a stressful day; it is unlikely that everything will go your way all the time, but it also means you can easily measure your performance. It is clear which areas you are performing well in and which you need to improve on/invest more time in. This transparency is not something that a lot of careers offer, and it gives you the opportunity to pinpoint those areas of development and work on them yourself – and with your Manager/Team – meaning your job performance will visibly improve. As your performance improves you will be able to progress at a speed that just isn’t available in a lot of other sectors, as any reputable recruitment business will have a clear route of progression and development available for you to follow. A career in recruitment can also offer a lot of stability. Within Ganymede and ATA Recruitment I have many colleagues that have been with us for over 5, 10, 15, even 20 years. While the economy has suffered at different points over the years and their remit may have changed to reflect this, ultimately the need to hire has never gone away. Once you have built positive relationships with candidates and clients, they will continue to use your services throughout their careers, ultimately strengthening your position within the marketplace and offering you continued success throughout yours. Working in recruitment has benefitted me in many ways. I have become a lot more confident in both my professional and personal life; having to speak to and work with such a variety of people means that I am now comfortable in pretty much any social situation. This surge in confidence in turn made me better at my job, meaning that I was performing at a higher standard and ultimately being more successful which meant that - unlike in other careers - I was being rewarded for my success. The recruitment industry (and the sales industry as a whole) is extremely meritocratic. If you perform well, you will benefit personally. I had had jobs before in which I felt like I was working harder than some of the people around me but earning the same salary. This is not the case in a recruitment career - those willing to push themselves the extra mile will reap the rewards of this. Please feel free to get in touch today for an open and honest conversation, I would be more than happy to discuss any concerns you may have, listen to your career goals and aspirations and discuss whether a recruitment career would be right for you. Ganymede & ATA Recruitment are both actively recruiting now in the East Midlands and London. Alongside a great basic salary, we have a market-leading commission scheme and many benefits including an agile working policy. Find out more about a career with Ganymede and ATA today. Send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me on LinkedIn today.
A.D.V.I.C.E - Topic 10: Post - Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?The official definition of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from the NHS is: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events.The general feeling is that PTSD just affects the Military and not the civilian population. This is understandable as the disorder was highlighted following on from the Vietnam War and more recently, in Iraq and Afghanistan where HM Forces were present. To try an explain what PTSD means, a Veteran once wrote: Surrounded by loved ones, yet I am alone, Feeling so trapped in my solitary zone. Thoughts of chaos as my anger overtakes, Feelings of happiness my past dominates.Laughter and smiles, they never seem to last, I am haunted and hunted, by memories from my past. Roaming in my head with nowhere to go, Visions of the past, in my head, a film show. In my head I scream, but no one can hear, Past demons of death are always so near. Voices from my past, like a long-playing song, Breaking the man, I was, he was strong.How long will it take, until I feel right? It's exhausting me, this battle every night. Each new day I try, to make a new stand, But when I sleep, they come back on command. I can't give up, my family need me strong, Smiling and happy like nothing is wrong. In this living state I find I'm in, Dealing with my past, and memories from within.However, PTSD has been around since the Human Race has experienced trauma. Previous generations knew PTSD as Shell Shock, Soldiers Heart, Combat Fatigue and War Neurosis. As the names suggest, they all have links to the Military. Despite the long history of PTSD, it was only officially recognised in 1980 by the American Psychiatric Association. As you can see from the NHS definition above, it does not differentiate from Military and Civilian. What Causes PTSD?Someone with PTSD often relives the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks, and may experience feelings of isolation, irritability and guilt. Types of events that can lead to PTSD include, but not limited to: Serious accidents. Physical or sexual assault. Abuse, including childhood or domestic abuse. Exposure to traumatic events at work, including remote exposure. Serious health problems, such as being admitted to intensive care. Childbirth experiences, such as losing a baby. War and conflict. Torture. The above are not just applicable to those directly involved, but can also affect those who may witness a very stressful, frightening or distressing event. We have seen recently both in the Rail and Construction industries that some incidents have had a serious effect on some of our colleagues and families. In 2016, Network Rail introduced its own standard for Trauma Incident Management which includes how to manage the risk of trauma related mental ill health in the workplace. Symptoms of PTSDSymptoms can vary in intensity over time. You may have more symptoms when you’re stressed in general or when you run into reminders of what you went through. For example, you may hear a car backfire and relive combat experiences or you may see a report on the news about a sexual assault and feel overcome by memories of your own assault. People react to traumatic experiences in a variety of ways. Some may experience symptoms of trauma which dissipate after a number of weeks. However, if symptoms of trauma continue for longer then PTSD may be present. Symptoms vary from person to person, but some examples are: Flashbacks (Acting or feeling like the event is happening again). The detail of the flashback can vary depending on the individual’s experiences. Flashbacks can last a second, minutes, hours or even longer. General things that happen during a PTSD flashback include: Seeing full or partial images of the traumatic event. Noticing any sense that is related to the trauma (such as hearing, smelling or tasting something). Sensing that the person(s) involved in the traumatic event are physically present. Feeling physical symptoms that you experienced during the trauma, such as pain or pressure. Experiencing the emotions that happened during the trauma (this could be almost anything such as fear or even rage). Nightmares (either of the event or of other frightening things). Feelings of intense distress when reminded of the trauma. Work-related or relationship problems. Inability to remember important aspect of the trauma. Loss of interest in activities and life in general. Sense of a limited future. Feeling numb and empty. Avoidance of people and places. Feeling isolated. Frequent periods of withdrawal into oneself. Increased anxiety and emotional arousal. Hypervigilance (On constant ‘red alert’). Intense physical reactions to reminders of the event (e.g. Pounding heart, nausea, muscle tension, sweating). Irritability or outbursts of anger and aggressive behaviour. Irrational and intense fear. Reduced tolerance to noise (hyperacusis). Difficulty concentrating. Being easily moved to tears. Panic attacks/anxiety/depression/mood swings. Feeling jumpy and easily startled. Difficulty falling or staying asleep. Thoughts of suicide. Tense muscles. Tips for dealing with PTSDSpeak to relatives or friends who will support you and help you to discuss any experiences and thoughts, or emotions that you are struggling to deal with. Try to overcome the feeling of helplessness by doing something positive like exercise, volunteering and so on. Avoid alcohol and drugs at all costs as these will not solve the problem in the long term. Spend time outdoors in a relaxing environment with positive people who you trust. Join a support group where you can meet other people who are experiencing the same kind of emotions and difficulties as yourself. Try to find out what triggers you to feel the symptoms of PTSD and pull together a plan to avoid these triggers. Understand that relatives and friends will find it difficult to see you struggling, so allow them to understand what you are going through. Seek professional treatment, to help you to overcome your PTSD and take steps towards recovery and wellbeing. You can also speak to your Mental Health First Aider in your Company. Complex PTSDComplex PTSD may be diagnosed in adults or children who have repeatedly experienced traumatic events, such as violence, neglect or abuse. As a result, it could be some time before the symptoms of complex PTSD are recognised. They are similar to PTSD but could also include suicidal thoughts, difficulty in trusting other people and destructive or risky behaviour. Complex PTSD is thought to be more severe if: The traumatic events happened early in life. The trauma was caused by a parent or carer. The person experienced the trauma for a long time. The person was alone during the trauma. There's still contact with the person responsible for the trauma. Your company should employ a Mental Health First Aider who can act as the first point of contact. All discussions will be totally confidential and they should be able to assist should you need help. For further information on PTSD, access the following links:Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) - https://walkingwiththewounded.org.uk/ or call 01263 863 900. Combat Stress - https://combatstress.org.uk/ or call 0800 1381619. Mind - https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/a-z-mental-health/ or call 0300 123 3393. Able Futures - https://www.able-futures.co.uk/ or call 0800 321 3137. Samaritans - https://www.samaritans.org/ or call 116 123. PTSD UK - https://www.ptsduk.org
Sales to Recruitment: Why You Should Make the Move
4 reasons you should move from a traditional sales role to a role in recruitment If you are a successful salesperson with a strong track record, it is highly likely you have been contacted about embarking on a recruitment career. There is a very simple reason for this; salespeople generally make the best recruitment consultants. There are a lot of similarities between sales and recruitment and with the growth in the recruitment market in recent years, the sector is becoming the go-to option for salespeople keen to utilise their skills but create a viable, long term and lucrative career. However, there are still people unsure if a career in recruitment is the right sideways step for them. Here are 4 points which may make you consider that career change today: Recruitment is sales too; If you thrive in a fast paced, targeted sales environment, then a career in recruitment will offer you this. Recruitment Consultants are given sales targets and although you are technically selling a service opposed to a product, the skills you have learnt in a typical sales role will enable you to get to grips with recruitment sales a lot faster. Ganymede and ATA Recruitment have an extremely successful training programme, where you will receive one on one training to help you adapt your sales technique to our sector. We also offer a threshold free period while you settle in your role, meaning you will start to yield financial results quickly. You have a lot of autonomy; While we offer a huge amount of support initially, you are also given the autonomy to essentially build your own business within our business. We want people who have the confidence to go out and win their own clients, have the gravitas to engage with and maintain their own candidate base and have the know-how to manage the sales process from end to end. We train our rookies to do this, but for those that have previous experience in a sales setting, you can quickly get to the point in which you are managing your own work load and being rewarded for doing this. Progression is based purely on results; Progression in sales and recruitment is meritocratic – if you perform well, you will progress. However, in a typical sales setting, this progression can stagnate quickly – a sales team will have a Sales Manager or Director looking after a team and while opportunities for small steps up may present themselves, you will potentially find your self stuck in a mid-level position for a while, until someone else departs and you can fill their post. I mentioned in the previous point that you can essentially create your own business within our business, meaning if you are consistently performing, the opportunity for your growth is endless. Recruitment Consultancies often create new positions for top performers – this is something that we do regularly here at Ganymede and ATA Recruitment – and, there is also the opportunity to bring in junior Consultants to help manage your work load and grow ‘your’ business. Recruitment is an extremely lucrative sector; There is no doubt that sales can be lucrative too, but most people I speak to who are looking to move into recruitment from sales have capped or team commission schemes, essentially limiting what they can earn individually. Within most recruitment organisations, your commission is completely uncapped and generally those with a sales background start earning additional commission quickly. At Ganymede and ATA Recruitment, our Consultants earn at least a third of what they bill.Ganymede and ATA Recruitment is in an exciting period of growth and we are currently looking for experienced sales people to come and join our teams. Alongside the above, we offer our Consultants a flexible, agile working policy. We have numerous incentives and prizes outside of our generous basic salary and commission scheme and encourage healthy competition between our staff. Due to expansion, we are looking for the next Leaders of our business, with fast-tracked routes to management available for high performers that also demonstrate they can behave in the correct way and uphold our high company standards. Find out more about a career with Ganymede and ATA today. Send your CV to email@example.com or contact me on LinkedIn today. CONTACT RACHAEL
Fatigue Issue 2: Fatigue and Sleep
SleepClosely linked to fatigue, and perhaps its most significant cause, is the amount and quality of sleep an individual receives. The consensus among scientists who study human performance and safety is that sleep is a powerful and vital biological need, which is as important to health as eating, drinking and breathing. Sleep aids recovery from mental as well as physical exertion and is vital for maintaining good mental and physical health, as it allows bodies to repair themselves and brains to consolidate memories and process information. Quality of SleepThere are two types of sleep that a person needs: rapid eye movement (REM) and non-REM sleep. REM sleep is where an individual dreams and non-REM is where they do not. We experience both types of sleep several times during the night, at different periods, with periods of non-REM sleep normally becoming progressively deeper. If a person does not get enough of both types of sleep, it can affect mood, energy and concentration levels, relationships, and their ability to stay awake and function at work during the day.Sleep quality is also affected by the body’s circadian rhythms, which regulates different functions of the body to an average 24.2-hour cycle. The circadian rhythm has peaks and troughs, with the ‘low point’ typically occurring in the early hours of the morning. Sleep during this time has greater restorative value, and if consistently awoken during this time, the individual is likely to experience a depressed mood and is unlikely to perform at an optimum level.Causes of Fatigue and Sleep LossThe causes of sleep loss/disruption are many and varied, and include:Work routinesMedical/generic conditionsNaturally changing sleep patterns as we ageSleeping in surroundings that are not conducive to sleep: too warm or too cold, an uncomfortable bed, too much light, too noisy, etc. anxiety, stress, depression, life changes etcFood (particularly caffeine) e.g., too much coffee, fizzy drinks, chocolate, etcAlcohol, nicotine and other drugsNapping and sleeping during the dayMedications and herbal remediesTravelExercise e.g. too little or too muchWork related factors may include:Long work hoursLong hours of physical or mental activityInsufficient break time between shiftsChanges to jobs or shift rotationsInadequate restExcessive stressHaving multiple jobsAvailability of resourcesWork tasks which are long, repetitive, paced, difficult, boring and monotonousThe work environment (e.g. lighting, ventilation, temperature, etc.)Combination of these factors There are also various sleep conditions that may cause fatigue, including:Insomnia: where a person cannot fall asleep, or cannot stay asleep for a full night. Insomnia can be both short term (in response to a stressful event or change in environment) and long term. Sleep Apnoea: a breathing disorder in which there are brief interruptions (lasting a minimum of 10 seconds) in breathing during sleep, which is caused by a narrowing (or collapse) of the throat or upper airway during sleep. Restless Legs Syndrome: where sensations of creeping, crawling, pulling or tingling can cause an irresistible urge for a person to move their legs. Narcolepsy: a rare condition associated with sudden sleep ‘attacks’, where a person will have an uncontrollable urge to sleep many times in one day.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.
Safety First Newsletter - Spring Edition 2021
The Spring edition of Safety First, Ganymede’s quarterly safety newsletter is now available to read.In this edition we focus on:Lessons LearnedFinger injuryDefective Pan PullerA.D.V.I.C.E: Understanding DiabetesSpotlight on SafetyFatigue#SpeakUp - PPE Close Call Winner - James BrownDriving in SpringSeasonal Safety TipsGanymede Driver AppEnvironmentalNesting birdsSpringtime barbeques PPE Recycling Social ResponsibilityGanymede's commitment to Equality, Diversity and InclusionA highlight on Mental Health and important resources Read the Spring 2021 Safety First Newsletter hereAs always, we trust you will find the newsletter useful and engaging. If you have any questions or feedback after reading this edition of Safety First, please don't hesitate to get in touch using the form below.