Learning, growing and change
When I started there wasn't much set up yet. I had to take over work from departing colleagues and there was not much time for a handover. Setting up the department went so well that I received my first salary increase after a few months. So I had already made it worth the salary she had doubts about during my application. Over the years I have felt a lot of responsibility and loyalty towards my department and the organization.
I have seen the department expand and shrink. For a long time I had my own team, all ladies. 'Edwin's Angels' as my colleagues used to say jokingly. At that time we moved to a new location in Heeswijk Dinter, we added an additional floor, we moved again, now to the center of Veghel and eventually we ended up with all our colleagues in one building at Populier 1. That was the best thing for me. , all colleagues under one roof. After 12.5 years, the subsidiary Sonell was born, from which we now operate. We take care of all HRM branches from A to Z; from payroll administration to absenteeism and coaching. The department has now shrunk back to a few permanent colleagues. I'm working without my own team again and that's quite fine. I prefer to work with colleagues who are as loyal as I am and who want to stay with the organization for a long time. Ultimately, I would think it would be cool to grow again. As large as possible, with multiple locations in the region.
Over the years we have changed from a paper archive to processing everything digitally. That was quite a challenge for me. I like paper and I like to keep all the reports. If you look at my workplace you will come across all kinds of things. I even saved all the strategic sessions for the growth of the organization with Johan Nagtzaam and Yousef Kayyal. If they ever need anything, I always have it in the cupboard.
“Just ask Edwin,” they say, “He knows where it is.”
Due to the current shortage on the labor market, we are continuously working on making our work processes more efficient. We make extensive use of digital solutions and automation. These make the work considerably easier than how it was before. But, “As long as Edwin makes it, we don't have to hire anyone.” Yousef always says laughing.
What drives me?
Payroll administration is a service product as part of a total package. You cannot actually earn much with payroll administration alone, but as part of a total accountancy package it is an indispensable addition. Ultimately, it is secretly quite thankless work, it should not cost anything and you get the biggest complaints when things are not in order. You have to have a thick skin for it. But, for me this is the best challenge. Ensure that everything is neatly in order; everything Edwin's way. Seeing opportunities, developing them and taking a tactical look. Arrange and plan.
My passion for HR arose during my military service. I didn't like all that running and fuss, so when they came to ask if anyone wanted to take another training course, I immediately raised my hand. In retrospect I was wrong, I thought they asked who wanted to train as a gunner (that seemed cool to me) but I ended up behind a desk and had to take care of personnel matters. While my peers struggled in the mud, I sat at the lunch table with all the senior officers and enjoyed various privileges, such as my own car. It turned out to be right up my alley. Arranging, planning and executing human resources matters. After my service, I wanted to learn in practice and started working at an accounting firm in Den Bosch as a payroll administrator and support in the accounting system.