Meet Brian Racela, Human Resources

Our Head of Human Resources

Brian Racela

Brian joined The Ortus Club on September 25, the same date as his birthday. This remarkable coincidence has brought Brian to even greater heights in his journey with Ortus as a human resource manager. In this meet the team post, Brian shares about his Ortus journey, tips on keeping his teammates motivated and, his most important career advice.

How did you end up in your current role as Ortus’ Human Resource Manager?

It came down to being at the right place with the right person at the right time. I was lucky! I told my friend that I was looking for a job and she let me use her profile to check out the UP Facebook Job Board page and there I found The Ortus Club.

Fun Fact: I was offered to work with Ortus on Sept 25, my birthday. So it felt like it was the universe telling me it was meant to be!

What is your Ortus superpower?

This may come off as conceited, but I believe my Ortus super power is to radiate positivity and sunshine! I believe that one of my most important duties to Ortus is to keep up the team’s morale and find ways to bring moments of joy into our company whenever possible. With my extremely energetic and extroverted personality I think I do just that! Who says there can’t be fun at work?

What’s the most important factor you consider when hiring someone?

Having the right attitude makes or breaks an application for The Ortus Club. We look for qualities such as grit, positivity, and personableness. Technical skills, though important, can be taught, but these mean next to nothing if the applicant doesn’t have the right attitude. 

Brian Racela meet the team

“We look for qualities such as grit, positivity, and personableness. Technical skills, though important, can be taught, but these mean next to nothing if the applicant doesn’t have the right attitude.”

What do you find most challenging about your role at The Ortus Club?

The most challenging and most exciting thing about my role is finding the right processes and activities that fit the needs of our rapidly growing company. 

It’s frustrating when something you come up with doesn’t work, but when it does… the feeling is incredibly rewarding!

How do you help new hires quickly “get” The Ortus Club’s values?

After training, we put our new hires in their new teams where they can be surrounded by those with a little bit more experience. I’m very proud to say that our employees are incredibly approachable and supportive of one another and so I have complete confidence that our veteran employees will teach the new hires whatever they need to shine in The Ortus Club.

How do you keep the team keen and motivated?

Everyday during our End of Day meeting, we have quick activities to help put smiles on everyone’s face. These activities can vary from being informative, wacky, to down-right wholesome. We are a global and virtual team, and I’ve found these activities to be a great way to stay connected and motivated.

What’s the best advice you can give to someone who just started their career?

One of the hardest things to accept is that your hardest may not always be enough, but that’s okay. School makes it difficult to accept this lesson because we’re taught that failure is pretty much the end of the world when in reality, it’s not! Failure is just one of the many steps on the road to success.


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