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[…]

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[…]

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?[…]

What is the future of retail?

  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?[…]

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……    

2018 World Cup

It takes place once every 4 years and has the nation gripped, believing that their team may be in with a chance of winning. That one of the England squad may recreate the magic of Sir Geoffrey Hurst when he scored a hat-trick during the 4-2 defeat of West Germany in the final of the Read more about 2018 World Cup[…]

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[…]