Zhanna - Director of Human Resources (HR)

Maven Monday’s are all about the people behind Mavencare. Our head office is in Toronto, Ontario, but we have offices in New York and Boston. All of the Mavens work together across North America to make big things happen - but with these interviews we like to hit “pause” for a moment and reflect on how far they’ve come.

Today’s post is about our Director of HR who has been a Maven for almost 3 years!

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Zhanna

Zhanna, who was named after a unique snow storm on the day she was born in October, is a force of nature in our office. The word snezhanna literally translates to “snow woman,” but Zhanna’s parents decided to drop the first part and allow Zhanna to be whatever kind of woman she wanted to be.

We asked Zhanna some questions. Read below for how she answered:

1. Do you remember your first day at Mavencare?

Yes! It was a fast paced day with a very small team. I got exposure to more than HR & Recruiting functions; I remember everyone being very knowledgeable and there was a lot of open communication.

2. What other team(s) do you work with the most at Mavencare?

I work with every team at Mavencare and I’m able to ask anyone a question when I need and vice versa; people reach out to me all the time without hesitation. That’s part of the beauty here.

3. What is the best part of your day?

The best part of my day at Mavencare is that I am surrounded by motivated people who are working towards a common goal. Starting from executives, ending with all levels of the organization, including our most inspiring employees: each Health Care Worker in the field. They are inspired to do their job to the best of their ability and work very hard to ensure not only all the client’s needs are met, but also the sessions are engaging and personalized. In a way, my job is supporting caregivers, clients as well as our corporate team, and because of this, I am more inspired to do mine.

4. What is a goal you are working towards at Mavencare?

My team and I are working towards improving the industry by helping caregivers, which help our clients. We’re building on our competitive employment opportunities to provide caregivers with even more potential for growth and recognition. An initiative like this will positively affect their ability to take care of clients. Happy employee, happy customer!

5. What’s on your bucket list?

A work related item that I have on my bucket list is to become a positive and influential leader in the industry; really make a difference! Other things on my bucket list are to learn how to skydive on my own and travel to every continent.

6. If you could have a superpower, what would you choose?

I would be able to freeze time because it is the most valuable resource there is.

It would be useful to hit “Freeze” and have more hours during the day to develop so many exciting initiatives or when you’re in a perfect moment, it would be nice to freeze it to have that experience longer.

7. What is your favourite activity or hobby?

Aside from table tennis at work, I enjoy cooking, biking, and boxing :D

8. What is your secret talent that no one knows about?

I am able to handle stress head on with a smile and laughter.

9. How do you recharge?

My mindset is something that allows me to see the bigger picture, which helps me take life day-by-day and avoid stressing over the little things. When I do want to recharge, I bike along the lakeshore, then I stop to look at the water and take in a bit of nature.

10. Where is your favourite place in the whole world?

Exactly where I am now.

I have lived in or travelled to a few different places, and looked into places I want to visit in the future, but really, it’s all about this moment and enjoying it to the fullest.

11. Who inspires you?

People that work here. Starting with Adam (CEO) and Nukul (President), and ending with every single Maven. They are the hardest working, most motivated and talented group of people I’ve ever met.

12. If you were to tell one person “Thank you for helping me become the person I am today,” who would it be?

My great grandmother. She passed away last fall, but she is by far the strongest woman I’ve ever known. Something that stands out to me throughout all these years is that up until the day she passed away, her response to the question: “How are you?” was always “Excellent”.

13. When are you the happiest?

After a good productive day at work and a nice workout right after.

14. What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in the last year?

Over the past three years of working with Mavencare, I have learned a lot. Some of the most common lessons were learning the value of time, the value of opinions and feedback, and the value of working as a team.

15. What would a “perfect” day look like for you?

A perfect day for me is to walk into the office with ten things to accomplish and actually getting fifteen things done. After a good work day, I love to have friends over and cook them dinner.

16. If you could only take one physical item with you on a deserted island, what would it be?

If I can take a person with me, I would. But if not, I would bring something practical like a knife, or scissors, or heavy duty tape.