31 May 2018

Meet the ComputerTalk Team: Georgia Coward

Written by Martin Borowski, Posted in ComputerTalk

Meet the ComputerTalk Team: Georgia Coward


Name: Georgia Coward

Function: People Functions

Education: BA English - University of Western Ontario; HRM Post-Graduate Certificate - George Brown College; CHRP - Human Resources Professionals Association

What do you do here?

I am the People Function Lead, which means that I am customer service for all the employees. I do your traditional HR stuff, such as full-cycle recruiting (from campus recruiting to experienced hires), health and safety compliance, benefits and retirement administration, staff performance reviews and profiles, compensations and total rewards (market data, pay scales), planning social events, and a many other ad hoc projects.

What do you like about your role?

I like the variety. If I'm overwhelmed or can't do something right away, I can switch to something else. Being able to work between 5 or 6 different problems or projects works for me as I don't have the patience to work on one task at a time. As well, I like the autonomy. I don’t need to go to Blair [ComputerTalk's Chief of Staff] every 30 seconds to ask if my work is okay for approval because that would slow everything down. She trusts me and lets me run with things, but is always there for support. I talk to a lot of my other friends who work in HR and they are assigned to 4 or 5 tasks for the whole year. They must go to their manager with every draft to get approval, which I couldn't imagine for myself.

Where's your favourite place to eat/grab a bite in Markham (where ComputerTalk's head office is located)?

Either Fresh Burger, Nando's, or Kinton Ramen.

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What drew you to ComputerTalk?

To be honest, I was desperate, I needed a job, and it was stressing me out. I saw the job posting for People Functions Coordinator on Western's Alumni site. It was the only HR role that wasn't in Shanghai. But after I applied, I got a call from Blair a few weeks later, went in for an interview, and had the job offer within a week! During my interview, I was told that I would never be bored which intrigued me. With previous jobs I've had, I was never given as much responsibility as I do here. Throughout the interview process, expectations were very transparent, so nothing was really a surprise.

How long have you been working here?

1 year and 10 months.

Best piece of advice that someone's given you?

Ask questions and actually listen to the answers. I'm impatient, I get to the point, and I talk a lot. The less you can say (especially in performance reviews) and the more you can get other people to talk, the better. And the more insight you'll receive which is extremely valuable.

Outside of ComputerTalk, what are you truly passionate about?

I run a social media blog with my best friend that bashes on reality television. I love reality TV. We're very interactive with the cast from shows such as The Bachelor, Vanderpump Rules, and Southern Charm. We interact with them on Twitter a lot, which is pretty cool. Besides that, I read a lot, I run a lot, and I eat a lot. My favourite books are the classics. Right now, I'm reading The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. Last year, I read Dracula by Bram Stoker, which actually scared me. Besides the classics, I read everything from the Twilight book series to Nicolas Sparks novels.

Three things you can't live without? People don’t count.

My dog Monty -- he's such a beautiful soul, sunscreen, and my hair straightener.

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How have you seen the company evolve since you first started?

The company was 65 people when I first started and now we're at 90 so it’s been a big jump. As we grow, we've been working through growing pains and implementing new processes in place. I've seen departments do a 180 and I'm excited to see us run this well-oiled machine.

What advice do you give to graduating university students?

I have two pieces of advice that are kind of conflicting. First, don't rush things. Don't be afraid to take time if you need to. Go travel, but don't run away from reality. I wish I took time off to travel and not rush into things. The other side is don't be afraid to take a job, even if it's not in the field you wanted or what you pictured your life in. Even if you get the job you think you want, it's going to change. I think overall, putting those two points together, be flexible and be open to whatever comes your way.

Interested in joining the ComputerTalk team? Check out our careers page to see our current openings!



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Martin Borowski

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