We asked three CPAs about work-life balance in the summer

Prepare for the long, sunny days of summer by planning ahead and making time for yourself.

Henry Korenblum, CPA, CA, CPA (Illinois), CFO, MBA

Tax manager, Kestenberg Rabinowicz Partners LLP
Markham, Ont.

Henry Korenblum“I’m part of a group of five tax members at a firm that handles domestic and international tax work for individuals, corporations and trusts/estates. We put in longer hours during busier times such as tax season from February to April. Vacation is when we recharge our batteries; those are the times to enjoy life and focus on work-life balance. July and August are typically quieter, so it’s a good time to enjoy the weather and see friends and family. To ensure coverage at our department, we plan well in advance, communicating with each other and the firm’s partners. We respect each other’s commitments and responsibilities. Sometimes we’ll change our vacation dates to ensure we have that coverage.” 

Trisha Fournier-Hoyt, FCPA, FCGA, MBA

Director of finance and operations, University of New Brunswick, and owner of Sorella Salonspa

Trisha Fournier-Hoyt

 “At both the university and my salon-spa, we incorporate flexible hours for summer, so people can leave earlier and enjoy the daytime hours. The university also offers ways for people to embrace the season, including a walking group and lunch-hour interdepartmental softball. We also bring in students to help out, and at the salon I hire extra help to cover vacations. We start planning in January, so we don’t end up short-handed. Murphy’s Law is that everyone wants the long weekends. You need a way to prioritize requests fairly. If people have weddings or family functions to get to, fellow employees are usually happy to oblige.” 

Nuruddin Jassa, CPA, CMA

Financial administrator, Calgary Catholic Immigration Society

Nuruddin Jassa"We help companies with ecological and social licensing. In the resource sector, we set up companies so they’re environmentally and socially acceptable to the government, and put people in the area they want to operate. There are accounting issues related to nonfinancial accounting; there’s a raft of things to comply with and report on. Nonfinancial reporting standards are evolving. To stay on top of changes, get involved: join an organization, sponsor research or volunteer on review boards. You’ll keep your finger on the pulse of what’s happening but also represent your firm and your clients’ interests. You’ll be more successful if you participate in the evolution rather than wait for some bulletin to be put out."