Breathing space - top tips for SMEs

Breathing Space HR is a consultancy specialising in people management at smaller businesses. We caught up with managing consultant Suzie Bogle to hear her top tips for SMEs

· Hire experts. Outsourced, consultancy, employees, contractors – we can’t be everywhere, know everything or do everything ourselves. Leading is about trusting those to get on with what you hired them for (with oversight and direction of course).

· Be reliable: provide employees with regular feedback, monitoring and consistent problem-solving

· Ensure your people know what is expected of them and how they contribute to the company

· Respect them; they are making your profit for you

· Deal with problem employees quickly, quietly and respectfully – they damage your business more than you know