Is it possible to be friends with your employees?

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?[…]

Breathing Space Values

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[…]

The Working Environment – How it affects your employees’ mood

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[…]

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Isn’t paying them enough?

When it comes to motivating your workforce, it’s not all about the carrot and the stick mentality. In order for your employees to be engaged with your company, it has to be about more than the money. OK, so nobody goes to work for free. Firstly, there’s the NMW to think about; secondly, there are Read more about Isn’t paying them enough?[…]

Are you feeling any better today?

Many of us will have started the New Year with positive resolutions: lose weight; stop smoking; start exercising more and… find a new job! All too soon it gets round to THAT day again – Blue Monday. The most depressing day of the year, apparently – and, in case you missed it by any chance, Read more about Are you feeling any better today?[…]

Attend this webinar – How to manage disciplinary meetings

Do you have questions about managing a disciplinary process? Suzie Bogle, MD of Breathing Space HR and creator of up&up will be delivering a webinar on managing disciplinary meetings  and the disciplinary process.  Suzie will talk and take questions for an hour. On the 21st February at 10am. Register here   Do you have employees Read more about Attend this webinar – How to manage disciplinary meetings[…]

Everything you need to know about Millennials in the workplace…

The Millennial generation are transforming the workplace. They are currently entering the workplace in huge numbers, and by 2020 they will account for over 50% of the workforce. Their values, beliefs and lifestyle are significantly different from the Baby Boomer generation. Who are millennials? Millennials are the generation born between 1980 – 2000. The Millennial Read more about Everything you need to know about Millennials in the workplace…[…]

Merry seasonal greetings of the end of the year celebrations!

Bah humbug! The seasonal HR warning: The office Christmas party season is here… Are you prepared? As an employer, you have a duty of care towards your employees even when they are having fun at your office Christmas party, whether it is on your site or at another location like a hotel. Even at the most Read more about Merry seasonal greetings of the end of the year celebrations![…]

Termination Payments – Changes to PILON status

A recent government proposal is likely to make all pay in lieu of notice (PILON) payments taxable and NI deductible from April 2018. This change will make termination payments costlier for businesses if the proposal is accepted as legislation. Currently non-contractual termination payments up to £30,000.00 are paid tax and NI free to leavers. This Read more about Termination Payments – Changes to PILON status[…]

What’s on the horizon after the Autumn Statement 2016

There are only a couple of points we would like to raise for you for Mr Hammond’s announcement: National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rate changes: The government will increase the National Living Wage (NLW) by 4.2% from £7.20 to £7.50 from April 2017. The following increase will also apply for the NMW rates Read more about What’s on the horizon after the Autumn Statement 2016[…]