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Get to know us: introducing Anita Cottini

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March 04, 2019 | Topic: Human Resources  
Get to know us: introducing Anita Cottini

Having a conversation with Anita is to feel like you are talking with an old friend. She was the person who made me feel welcome during my first days at Belatrix, so I enjoyed interviewing her. She told me in detail how honored she has felt to work in different Belatrix’s locations and she emphasized the importance of being empathetic to provide an excellent workplace.

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“If you don’t have your own motivation, I don’t see how you could give anything to others or expect others to be motivated.”

  • Can you please tell me about your role and the story of your career, from when you started at Belatrix, to your position today

When I finished my studies, I knew I wanted to work with Belatrix. It was a very well-recognized organization in Mendoza, Argentina, my hometown, for having a great work environment. It was located in Chacras, very close to where I lived so it was the ideal place for me to work. When I received the job offer, I immediately accepted. I was jumping for joy.

I started as junior working in the recruitment area, which at the time, had only three people. Then, two years later, Belatrix offered me the chance to move to its offices in Lima, Perú, where I had a role that involved both recruitment and people care. This offer was an honor to me. There, I worked in recruitment while also managing events, as well as external company positioning. I worked in Peru for two years, until I moved to Belatrix’s offices in Colombia to lead the HR area in Bogotá. I remember that among the first things I had to do when I entered Belatrix, was to investigate the potential of Colombia because Federico Robbio, Belatrix’s Co-founder, was visiting the country to meet with the Colombian Chamber of Informatics and Telecommunications. It’s curious that the very first thing I did in Belatrix was to conduct research about this country, and here I am.

Now I am transitioning to the role of HR Business Partner Manager, a position with a less administrative focus, that aims to satisfy the needs of employees and help them achieve their professional goals. It is a position that will allow me to be even closer to people, which is something I love.

  • How has Belatrix helped you achieve your career goals?

When looking back at my career, it is very clear for me that being part of the recruitment area was crucial for my position in People Care and now in my new role as HR Business Partner Manager. I studied human resources, which gave me a foundation to conduct job interviews, however, I was not very familiar with the profiles they needed at Belatrix. That is why I went through a lot of training to understand the different roles, the technologies, and the skills Belatrix required. After 5 years of working in recruitment, I know the importance and the specificities of each role, and I’m better able to understand employees’ motivations and concerns and meet their needs.

I also feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to live in Peru and now in Colombia. Belatrix opened the doors for me to live abroad, and besides bringing me a lot of satisfaction, it has contributed to my professional growth.

  • What do you love most about your job?

What I love the most about my job is that I am constantly learning. Each day I discover something new. The day this stops happening, will be the day there’s something wrong. Also, I love the fact that Belatrix is very open to fresh ideas. Particularly, in my area, I feel it’s possible to innovate and new initiatives are always welcome. Like other enterprises, Belatrix’s HR area is very dynamic and as a team, we are constantly improving our practices.

I am also very excited about my new position; it represents a challenge as I will have a lot of metrics to consider and analyze; metrics that will benefit all Belatrix’s departments. It’s a new role in the company, so basically I’m starting from zero, but I feel excited about the potential that this new phase of my career entails. In the future, I would like to take a position that enables me to take a look at the big picture of Belatrix’s HR and create a strategy that positively impacts this area in all of our offices.

  • What has been your most memorable moment at Belatrix?

It is, with no doubt, the first year that Belatrix was featured among the best places to work by the company Great Place to Work. I remember we all worked so hard for this achievement. In order to be featured among these companies, we had to write a document explaining each one of our practices. It took us months to put it all together. When we finally received the envelope I cannot explain how happy I was. My colleagues and I attended the ceremony award; it was a moment where I felt I was reaping the fruits of what we had harvested. It was also very positive for HR in the long term because we went through a process of documentation that we had never done before. As a result, the benefits were not only reflected in the recognition as a great place to work, but it also helped us put on the table all of our processes and practices to analyze how we could improve.

  • What do you do in your spare time? Is there a connection between your hobby and your work?

Every day I start exercising at 5:30 in the morning. I admit it is hard to wake up, but once I’m out in the park running or doing jumping jacks, I feel it’s totally worth it. It makes me start the day with enthusiasm and when I arrive at the office I feel energized. In fact, I believe exercise and sports are activities that can be very enriching to interact and build empathy with others. I was a professional volleyball player for many years, so I interacted with people with different motivations and realities. It makes you understand people on a different level. It was a valuable experience to develop skills that are crucial for HR.

I believe that having a hobby, whatever it is, is vital to keep people active and motivated. It’s an activity that you do just because you love it. It’s what makes you willingly get up at 5am every day, not because your boss is going to put a memo on you if you’re late, but because you know it’s good for your body, your health. These actions that you do for yourself are what enable you to give. If you don’t have your own motivation, I don’t see how you could give anything to others or expect others to be motivated. I start understanding my own needs in order to understand the needs of others. I believe that is the best way to connect with people.

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