Office Talk Interview | Walter Minderhoud

Name: Walter Minderhoud
Age: 45

First job: Policy advisor at Dutch Association of Insurers
Current job: Manager HR Expertise at Royal FloraHolland

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"Turn problems into opportunities and keep asking questions (five times why)"

Walter Minderhoud


Describe your average work day:

Mostly working from home (4 days per week on average) since the start of the corona crisis, 1 day per week on average at the office in Aalsmeer or Naaldwijk only for social (green) and creative (yellow) meetings. Typically I start around 8.30 hrs after the kids left the house to go to school, start managing my mailbox and start the first call around 9.00 hours. Most of my time I have (online) calls with my own team, the HR management team or project groups. During the day I pick one or two meetings or time between two meetings to take a walk outside. That really helps to stay sharp and focused. At the end of the day I leave work (upstairs) and arrive home 1 minute later (downstairs); one of the (few) corona advantages…

Describe your average day off:

Spending time with my family, riding my bike, relaxing, visiting friends, camping if possible (in the spring/summer).


What makes you really happy?

Working together with great colleagues to improve our HR service level every day and raise engagement of our employees. Jump on my bike on a weekend day and discover new paths through the beautiful ‘Green Heart’ (Groene Hart). Quality time with my wife and kids.

What irritates you the most?

Dishonesty, opportunism, people who are always clinging to the status quo.

Who inspires you and why?

My kids. Always open to new things, learning by doing it themselves and growing every day.

What is your favourite place in the world?



What is vitality to you?

A combination of good physical and mental health, motivation and resilience. Having a good work-life balance, being in shape, feeling energetic and be happy.

How do you take care of your own vitality?

Actively managing my work-life balance, taking enough time off, riding my bike to clear my head or take a walk (almost) every day of the week, eating healthy and getting enough sleep.

Which must read/see/follow do you highly recommend?

  • Omdenken (Flip-thinking) – the onliners, pictures and short movies  really help you to turn problems into opportunities.
  • The movies of Erik Scherder (Dutch professor of neuropsychology) in which he explains in a simple and humourful way why it is so important to get enough exercise, looking at it from a neurological perspective.

What is (are) your best tip(s) to share with others?

Keep asking questions (five times why) if something is not clear or doesn’t feel right. It helps you to understand the interests of others and come to the core of the issue. It can take a lot of time, but it will make the solution better and more sustainable and overall will save you time (and money).

Royal FloraHolland is a Dutch conglomerate of florists. It is one of the largest auction companies in the world. Royal FloraHolland is headquartered in Aalsmeer, with locations in Naaldwijk, Rijnsburg and Eelde. Click on the logo to visit the website.

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