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?[…]

Important Employment Law Changes in 2019

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[…]

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[…]

Managing a return to work following long-term absence

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[…]

Time for a change?

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?[…]

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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?[…]

Bogle says….

Here is the article for the Yorkshire Business Insider, October 2018, on choosing the right HR audit for your business, Suzie Bogle, Managing Director of Breathing Space HR is quoted extensively.  We hope you find the information useful! Yes, Suzie is aware she didn’t get her photo in on time for the publication……    

The Stress of Commuting

Ah, commuting… The joys of standing on a freezing cold railway platform, where everyone looks really miserable for some reason, waiting for your train to arrive. Usually late. Usually with not enough carriages for the number of people wanting to squeeze on. Usually with those carriages already full anyway after calling at stations along the Read more about The Stress of Commuting[…]

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?[…]

GDPR and small businesses

GDPR and small businesses What is GDPR? If it’s not something you have heard of already, it’s definitely something you will be hearing about over the next six months! The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replaces the Data Protection Act (1998), and will apply to all organisations as of 25th May 2018. It’s focused on Read more about GDPR and small businesses[…]