In our section: ‘Employee in the spotlight’ we like to show which people are behind our organisation. On a daily basis, Archive-IT is committed to supporting organisations in the transition from a paper to a digital working environment. In addition, software is being developed to guarantee safe, digital accessibility. But who does what? And what are the motivations of the employees of the Archive-IT team? Time for a look behind the scenes.

In the ‘Employee in the spotlight’ of April, Joan Westendorff was nominated by Marcel Nobel. We would like to introduce Joan, our CEO, to you!

Can you tell us something about your history at Archive-IT?

“I’ve been involved in the creation of Archive-IT (then I-FourC) from the beginning, but not always in the role of CEO. I used to be director of Jalema. Among other things, Jalema has become successful in creating archive folders. Around 1998, we at Jalema had an idea not just to make folders, but to actually store these folders if the customer had filled the folders and no longer had room for them within their own organisation. This idea came from America, where many hospitals had already outsourced their archives. Initially we tried to realise this within Jalema, but it did not work optimally. We then made the choice to set up a new company: Archive-IT. So Archive-IT originated from Jalema.”

Can you tell a little more about your position as CEO?

“I started as CEO of Archive-IT in January 2016. I was CEO of both Jalema and Archive-IT at the time and had to divide my time between these two companies. This wasn’t always easy, especially since the fast, digital world of Archive-IT is of course very different from Jalema’s world of folders. Still, this worked out quite well, partly because we have such a good and independent team at Archive-IT. As of July 2019, I will be full CEO of Archive-IT and have transferred my duties to Jalema. The nice thing about my job as CEO is that I can combine many different types of knowledge. One time I need economic knowledge, another time legal knowledge and another time I’m involved in psychology. A lot of variety!”

What does your average workday look like?

“There’s no average workday. Actually, every day is an adventure. I just like the fact that a work week is so varied. There are of course a number of fixed appointments, such as the weekly Management Team meeting or quality meetings. In addition, there is a lot of time to fill in your day and it is important to take initiatives yourself. Setting up new collaborations, maintaining your network and making sure the atmosphere in the company is good. It is important to always be stimulated, so that the work remains interesting and you avoid repeating yourself.”

Where do you get satisfaction during your work?

“What gives me satisfaction is success. Not only the success I achieve myself, but also the success of others. I like to help people achieve their success and I love it when I see someone grow. That someone achieves what they don’t expect to achieve. I can really enjoy that. Enthusiasm also plays a major role in this. Take our colleague Mat Schell as an example. Mat once started at Jalema as a mechanic and now holds a management position within Archive-IT. A beautiful development!”

Nice to know: Joan was a fanatic fencer in his student days. He spent a long time on competition fencing and several times he became Champion of Limburg and Champion of the South of the Netherlands.

For the next month you can put someone in the spotlight. Who do you want to nominate?

“For the next month I would like to nominate our Belgian colleague Séverine Degives!”

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