Beginning her career with Ohio Real Title as an intern, Helen Kovac recently transitioned to the full-time Human Resources Coordinator position. In her new role, she is looking forward to “developing company-wide initiatives, improving employee engagement and satisfaction, and ensuring ORT has a strong foundation for growth in the future.”
Helen grew up on the east side of Cleveland, attended Hawken School and went on to graduate from Miami University with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Art Therapy. She credits her HawkForce internship with providing her with the opportunity to gain new experiences in a work environment while utilizing the skills gained through her degree program.
As for her career in Human Resources, Helen says, “it allows me to fully utilize my Psychology degree, but still challenges me with new information.” She credits her empathetic personality with helping her to excel in her new role. “I love talking with and listening to others, and I hope to become a strong source of support for all ORT employees.”
We recently had the opportunity to talk with Helen about her work, as well as how she spends her time away from Ohio Real Title.
Fast Facts About Helen Kovac
How do you think ORT is different than other Title Companies?
When I began working at ORT, I knew very little about the title industry. I am still learning every day, but it’s apparent to me that the way we treat our employees at ORT is superior to other companies. Our company culture is fun and relaxed, which makes coming to work so enjoyable. Our upper management pours so much back into the staff, and it feels great to know and see how much we are considered and valued.
Personally and/or professionally, what are some lessons learned during the pandemic?
During the pandemic, I learned that a lot of professional practices/norms are more flexible than we thought, or were led to think. The way Americans do work doesn’t have to follow a certain outline to be effective. Before, we were told we just had to come into an office every day to get our work done; but now, we realize there can often be more flexibility in regards to what a normal work day looks like without losses in productivity. This shift towards more flexibility in work also allows for a better work/life balance, which makes for happier employees. The pandemic showed me how beneficial it can be to let go of long-standing norms in favor of keeping up with the progression of our society.
Personally, the pandemic taught me how to find value in the slow/bleak moments. Our entire world locking down was incredibly stressful and traumatic, but staying home also allowed me to read more books, spend more time with my family, and take my dog for more walks than she probably wanted. Even when the world is turned on its head, you can still find happiness in the little things.
Tell us about your family
Both of my parents as well as my two aunts all live in Cleveland. I value my relationships with them beyond all others, and I’m so grateful to be close to them. My younger brother, Jack, is a student at Case Western Reserve University. I also have a Border Collie and 4 cats.
When you are not working, how do you like to spend your free time?
I love to read, spend time in nature, spend time with my friends, make art, and do yoga.
What are you reading/watching/listening to?
I just finished reading Atomic Habits by James Clear, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to spruce up their habits and life choices! He’s a great author. I’m currently watching Atypical on Netflix – it’s a really sweet yet hilarious show. I listen to all kinds of music, but love the indie/alternative genre.
What are your words to live by?
You can’t fill up other people’s cups when yours is empty. Take care of yourself so you can take care of others.