How Employees Strive for a Healthy Balance at JOINSON&SPICE

Talent Development
February 25, 2022 - JOINSON&SPICE

This is a thought leadership article on how PrimeGlobal member firm JOINSON&SPICE in the Netherlands encourage a healthy work-life balance.

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JOINSON&SPICE pride themselves on encouraging a healthy work-life balance and on not being your typical accountancy firm - they have a focus on tech and innovation as their professional field, however, they feel their approach to their culture and people sets them apart. They value emotional well-being more than the materialistic factors of their job and believe strongly that their staff are able to maintain a healthy balance between work and personal life. They believe team productivity improves when overtime is kept to a minimum and their team is happier when not everything revolves around work. They strive to be an organisation where employee happiness is vital and of utmost importance. 

To demonstrate their dedication in this area, they have asked their newest team member, Sean, what his take is on the subject. 

From a corporate mindset to having clear life values

Sean has a clear vision of his mental health and maintaining a healthy lifestyle while studying and working at JOINSON&SPICE. Due to his former experiences, the corporate culture was deeply embedded in his life, however, his travels made him realise there was more to life than just work and study. His goal was to seek a balanced mix between working, studying and doing his sports. 

“It adds to the pressure of performing, and often there is not enough time to do everything you are supposed to do.”

Sean is an athlete in addition to working at JOINSON&SPICE, studying and having his side-business. At least fourteen times a week, he trains before or after work and at weekends. “I invest a lot of time in my sports, which is extremely important to me. It takes discipline and means that I have to say no from time to time. Something I had to learn, and I encouraged others to do so. I think everyone would benefit from that. It’s not that I don’t want to do all of those things. I simply don’t have the time for it. That applies to both work and social life. I have to set priorities - as we all should.” 

Communicating your boundaries in advance

He manages to keep an optimistic and joyful mindset with everything Sean does. “The other day, when storm Corrie passed Amsterdam, I decided to cycle to the office. I loved cycling through a chaotic city. Where others might think it’s too windy or too cold, and they might think they’ll be late when cycling through a storm like this, I thought it was an opportunity. How often do you get the chance to experience a force of nature like this? Yes, I was late. But only for 7 minutes. It’s not the end of the world. And I saw something cool which made me smile the rest of the day.”

How does he juggle all of his activities and obligations while maintaining such positive energy? According to Sean, it’s all about setting boundaries, prioritising, disciplining and mostly being honest with yourself. “In accountancy, you’ll always be busy. The shortage of accountants doesn’t help. There’s a massive workload and pressure in our sector. Everyone expects something of you, including yourself. It adds to the pressure of performing; often, there is not enough time to do everything you are supposed to do, especially in accountancy. So you have to set your boundaries and be honest and realistic with yourself when doing so. Sometimes working overtime is inevitable, but it helps to let your employer know in advance. Let them know that you need extra time to finish your work, and it’s in addition to your contract hours. It helps manage expectations and pressure. In addition, you do your employer a favour - they will be able to make a more accurate estimation of the invested hours for a particular project.”

Sean emphasises being honest with yourself. “If you have a task or project which you probably won’t be able to finish in time, let your team or employer know. The thought of not finishing in time already crossed your mind; be honest and realistic with yourself whether or not you want to believe your estimation. You’re probably right. Believe yourself. It will help not to overstress yourself.”

Share ideas and experiences to build a stress free workspace

Sean is not the only team member at JOINSON&SPICE who strives for a healthy work-life balance. His colleagues have similar mindsets and bring in their ideas and experiences. Together, they implement new strategies for the company. In addition, they encourage each other. During lunch breaks, they talk about anything but work. Instead, they talk about subjects like staying fit, how to get there, and what they do in their leisure time.


JOINSON&SPICE believe that you can use your time better when you are feeling well, and that you will have a higher concentration and will be able to focus your attention better. Sean learned this thanks to his sports and that’s why he believes to be more productive in his eight hours of work per day and gives a 110% when it comes down to it. 

JOINSON&SPICE tips for a healthier work-life balance:

  • Be transparent and communicative about your work and deadlines
  • Believe yourself when you think you won’t be able to finish your work
  • Manage expectations from others and yourself - be truthful about it
  • Let your employer know, preferably in advance, that overtime is needed to complete your work
  • Prioritise, be disciplined and be realistic about it
  • Work together to solve future friction in your planning 

“You can only focus on yourself and your inner peace instead of watching others. Something we tend to do in accountancy; everything is fast and is a competition. But you can’t control everything around you. Don’t you want to look back on your day and just smile?” says Sean. 

Maybe we need to stop, think, and cycle through a storm once in a while.

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JOINSON&SPICE is a young accountancy firm, specialising in Technology, Media and Telecom. Our team varies from young post-graduates to experienced chartered accountants (in Dutch: RA) and accounting consultants (AA). The thing that brings us together: a passion for technology companies. With years of knowledge and experience stemming from a genuine interest in our specialities, we enjoy connecting with our customers and aiding in the growth of their companies. We believe in an equal partnership where sharing knowledge is paramount. Within the sub-sector of Technology we help data centres, hosting providers, software providers, system integrators, cloud providers and online retailers with important decisions.

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