Space to Breathe exists to provide spiritual solutions to everyday problems. Given that many of us spend up to one third of our waking weeks at work , it always made sense for us to try to help the business world. However, our work took off when we worked with BG Group in Reading and discovered that spirituality had a lot to offer the imagination and wellbeing of businesses and their employees.
Since the 1990’s “Workplace Spirituality” has grown in influence. In 2005 Business Week Magazine ran a front-page article on the rise of the movement. Seeking new ways to spark creativity, firms were “trying to motivate employees and create a strong identity or soul” they reported. Companies such as Boeing, Proctor & Gamble and BASF all use spirituality as a tool to help them become more effective.
However, spirituality has also provided a helpful tool in supporting the wellbeing of people at work. In 2008 PWC estimated unexpected resignations cost the UK economy £42 billion per year. Chief amongst reasons for leaving were bad relationships at work, poor leadership and feeling undervalued. Our work seeks to address these areas directly.
Improving relationships and wellbeing
We have found that improving relationships at work, reducing stress and enhancing wellbeing brings a number of positive outcomes including reducing time off and resignations, reducing the cost of cover-staff or hiring new employees and creating a healthier working environment. All these elements lead to better results and effectiveness.
“When we show up for work we bring our emotions, thoughts and beliefs to our workplace.” (Linda Ferguson)
Reducing stress and enhancing wellbeing can therefore:
- Reduce time off and resignations.
- Reduce the cost of cover-staff or hiring new employees.
- Produce a happier and more contented workforce.
- Create a healthier working environment.
- Lead to better results and effectiveness.
Space to Breathe provides constructive support to companies to boost employee wellbeing and value as well as working with business leaders to help them empower and develop their employees We call this package Equilibrium.
This package costs of
a) One day training for employees.
b) One day training for business leaders.
c) Creative resources for everyone to use daily from their office which draw on spirituality as an inspiration.
d) A questionnaire and feedback
e) An Equilibrium Report which provides feedback, goals and proposals for ways forward.
Total investment for this package £1500 plus VAT.
Building better leadership
We offer a variety of training opportunities to build better leadership in organisations. These days can be adapted to suit your needs but each includes group work, imaginative and creative input and the opportunity to explore how leadership takes place in distinct organisations. These training days are led by Space to Breathe founder Andy Freeman who has 20 years’ experience of leading organisations in the non-profit sector and has taught leadership at undergraduate and postgraduate level with Durham University as well as guest lecturing in other settings.
Each opportunity costs £500 plus a £15/per person charge to cover a preliminary staff survey and follow up. For example a day course for 15 people with preliminary questionnaire and post session follow up would cost £725 plus VAT.
Example course – Leading Soulfully
This sessions explores the importance of interpersonal relationships in leadership and how to build emotional intelligence in the way that we lead. It uses Alvesson and Spicer’s Metaphors for leadership to enable participants to look at and evaluate their own styles and to adapt for their context and those they work with.
Example course – Francis of Assisi as a model of relating
This imaginative day course uses the work of St Francis of Assisi as an inspiration and model of how we relate to clients. Francis broke convention with his model of care. He regularly crossed boundaries of ethnicity, religion, war or illness to provide a face to face way of relating to others. He believed in an interdependence with people, animals and our world. This course is open to all and provides a creative way of re-imagining the relationships we have to clients, suppliers and partners.
Example course – The Soul of an Organisation
This one day plenary session is or a minimum of 10 participants and a maximum of 30. By the end of this day those present will have a better sense of their individual identity and their own unique purpose within their organisation. Does a business have a corporate soul and how can this be articulated? This day will help crystallise the vision of an organisation but express it in a deep and connected way just a soul provides depth and meaning for an individual.
Valuing and inspiring staff
Space to Breathe regularly provides simple inspiration to organisations with weekly emails giving food for thought and prompting fresh imagination at the start of each week. For example Space to Breathe has provided weekly emails to the businesses and sole traders working in the Loft co-working space in the city since September 2017.
We can provide a weekly inspiration email with a story, image and creative tool on a weekly basis for £50 per email per week for organisations of 50 people or less. For larger organisations we can negotiate an appropriate rate. We can also offer a free sample emails to up to 10 staff as a test of whether our service would be appropriate to your organisation
Creative tools for imagination
Founder Andy Freeman our our experienced team have a long history of being an innovators and pioneers of new ideas. Central to that experience has been spiritual tools which enable fresh imagination and thought when it comes to business strategy.
All of our team can provide consultancy to support new projects or imaginative planning and can provide companies with resources which meet their needs.
This support comes at a day rate of £200/day plus expenses and that price includes two creative tools for companies/organisations to use themselves.
We create two spaces each year in a beautiful setting for a two-day retreat for people involved in business leadership.
You can find out more and reserve a place here.
Download – Space to Breathe – Our work with Business