is based on honesty and building true relationships with the people we work with. This means that our client relationships are long term - 85% of our clients are returning year after year. Our longest serving clients have been with Breathing Space since its creation.
is in identifying needs and following through with practical, simple solutions.
is developed through learning and developing within our business, with constant exposure to new ideas, ways of working and sharing our learning with one another.
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To know that you have cover on the essentials of employment and HR is key for clients. Essentials makes sure we have a clear, bespoke contract of employment – delivered to the client specifications, a handbook covering all the essential policies a business needs and continuous phone and email support from a friendly, experienced and practical HR team.
You will have all the benefits of a complete package of employment documents from HR experts which will be designed to meet the needs of your business. Contract, employee handbook and all the HR policies. You will be able to call us and email us for practical and expert advice. You will have access to our document library of common employment letters and forms. The best element in this package is that an HR Consultant will be with you onsite should you need us in a meeting, taking notes, writing the letters and giving you the best advice possible.
Using secure IT systems, we completely “take over” your HR function – this means advising you, your managers and your employees, writing all your letters and contracts, keeping your employee and HR files securely with mutual access in a cloud-based “vault”. We will be onsite for all meetings with employees, helping you with notes and outcomes. We create links with your management team and support them, taking the burden away from one point of contact. You can phone us, email us, use the document library or meet with us. We also draft and send contracts, letters and forms directly to your employees on your behalf. We chase employees for those documents which your business needs to be legally compliant.
HR that raises the bar
As a business owner, you have a duty of care towards your employees, but what happens when things go beyond that? Obviously, you care about all your staff, but the danger lies, possibly, when you start treating certain employees differently to others. Unless you are the Chief Executive of a large corporate organisation, chances are Read more about Is it possible to be friends with your employees?[…]
Now that we’re nicely settled into 2019, it is time to bring you an update to changes to employment laws coming into effect in the early part of this year. As an employer, it is important that you remain up to date in order to ensure that your business is compliant. First up… National Minimum Read more about Important Employment Law Changes in 2019[…]
When could you have to disclose your emails from and to your employment solicitor in Court? This is an important piece of information for Business Owners, decision makers and HR Professionals This effects legal advice privilege In 2018 the Employment Appeal Tribunal held that emails from a solicitor containing advice to an employer on how Read more about This is REALLY important about Legal Privilege![…]
At Breathing Space we have finalised our list of Corporate Values They are not actually that easy to define, however we did it! We are still a Quaker Business and these expanded corporate are underpinned by the Quaker Testimonies. Of course, being an HR Company, we have applied these to our employee development meeting with Read more about Breathing Space Values[…]
There are a number of reasons employees may be away from the workplace for long periods of time, such as:- Maternity leave Parental leave Long-term illness Here is some advice on how to manage an employee’s return to work following such periods of absence. Maternity Leave As an employer you should have written to an Read more about Managing a return to work following long-term absence[…]
When it comes to the workplace, there are a number of things to consider in relation to ensuring your organisation is a great place to work – temperature, lighting, noise etc, but what makes a good working environment? Is there a way of getting employees to concentrate more and increase productivity without resorting to ping-pong Read more about The Working Environment – How it affects your employees’ mood[…]
It’s that time of year again when many people start to look at ways in which they can improve their lives. They may have had a really tough past 12 months and think that the New Year will be a fresh start for them. This could be simple changes such as exercising more and losing Read more about Time for a change?[…]
As we all know, there are various different environments in which people work but when should companies enforce dress codes? Obviously, certain workplaces require the use of PPE for health and safety reasons. Some employers, such as fast-food outlets, retailers and airlines provide uniforms for their staff in order to maintain a brand image. Read more about What is appropriate attire for the workplace?[…]
Ruth and Sairish from the BSHR team attended the Brexit seminar at Blacks Solicitor’s this morning and it was very useful. Here is the salient details from Ruth, obviously just a precis of the information, not legal advice as we are not solicitors. Blacks explained what is the Employer’s responsibility and what is the responsibility of Read more about Brexit – update (ish)[…]
It’s a sorry sight looking around some of the UK’s towns and cities. ‘To Let’ signs everywhere following the collapse of not only independent shops, but also some of the biggest names in retail. This year has seen high street chains including House of Fraser, Homebase and Poundworld go into administration, as well as Read more about What is the future of retail?[…]
Responsibilities: Advising on Group HR Strategy, project management of HR change and improvement. Direct liaison for senior employee issues and advice to Directors. Oversight and point of escalation of all HR activities.
0113 426 7732 / 07840404537
Chrissie’s style is friendly and approachable. Chrissie has run teams of 20+ HR professionals in HR Service Centres and Recruitment Teams for Banking. As well as Employment Law, Chrissie supports in the development of HR strategy for Clients and oversees development of people management with the Best Companies Employee Engagement Surveys
0113 426 7733 / 07469927177
Responsibilities: Advising on all day to day employee issues regarding absence, performance, conduct and disciplinary and grievance matters. Delivery of key HR projects, design and updating of employee handbook and HR policies. Point of contact for Site Leaders and Managers. Answering employment queries from all employees. GDPR HR expert.
0113 426 7734 / 07428227520
Responsibilities: Daily diary and email management for the MD interacting with clients, individuals and suppliers and promoting a professional image. Providing comprehensive business admin support in line with the requirements of the MD and Senior HR Business Partner. Supporting the development and implementation of key business processes and procedures to facilitate improvements to business working practices.
0113 426 7737
Responsibilities: Ella considers the structure of an organization and of the ways in which the people in it interact, undertaken in order to improve the organizational effectiveness and strategic focus. Ella has a wide range of ER case management, adviceline and coaching experience with a speciality in Sickness absence.
0113 426 7736 / 07498 943015
Responsibilities: Ruth advises on the day to day running of the HR systems within your business, this includes employee issues, disciplinaries, grievances, absence management, employee conduct and other aspects such as employee handbooks and contracts. Ruth is a point of contact for managers and employees.
0113 426 7734 / 07428 227520
Responsibilities: Administration of all new starters, employment changes and leavers (including exit interviews). HR data management and reporting to payroll. Holiday and sickness absence calculations and queries. Basic employment queries from all employees. Responsible for HR updating of Kelio and production of key management reports.
0113 426 7735
Responsibilities: Sairish has strong subject knowledge and theoretical knowledge on HR processes. This is Sairish’s first HR role after the completion of her studies. She has begun to participate in Hr processes which include recruitment, onboarding, absence reports and exit interviews. Sairish is quickly finding her feet in HR and is taking on more responsibility.
0113 426 7732