A Workplace Where We All Belong

Everyone deserves a workplace where we can show up without having to sacrifice meaningful aspects of our identity. 

Upwork Belonging Communities have the power to transform an ordinary workplace into a place of belonging.

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Find support and guidance with our Upwork Belonging Communities.

At Upwork, we actively cultivate belonging for all of our team members. We know that social identities impact people’s ability to show up authentically at work, and that we do our best thinking and creating when we are empowered to use all our insights, perspectives, and gifts. 

Our Upwork Belonging Communities (UBCs) create spaces that center the professional needs and goals of team members who identify as LGBTQIA+, Black, Latinx, Pan-Asian, veterans, women, and caregivers. UBCs make it more possible for team members to find their unique fit within our One Upwork community without having to sacrifice meaningful aspects of their identities.

Each UBC has leaders and executive sponsors within the company and welcomes participation from all team members.

Additionally, all of our Upwork Belonging Communities have defined space and roles for allies!

Learn more by visiting our UBC pages below.

Upwork Belonging Communities were a huge key to maintaining my mental health in 2020for addressing what was actually happening in the world, and giving us resources to take action and feel seen.

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For team members who identify as women

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For LGBTQ+ team members

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For Pan-Asian team members

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For veterans and their families

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For team members with caregiving responsibilities

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Work-Life Balance and Benefits

Our fun-loving, action-oriented culture is possible because of a healthy work-life balance, fueled by periods of rest and camaraderie. 

As a remote-first company, we understand that just because your workstation is at home doesn't mean you're always on-call to work. Our leaders encourage employees to take their PTO and to set schedule boundaries. 

Upwork supports employee and family wellness with a variety of benefits, including unlimited paid time off, medical, dental, virtual yoga classes, a fitness reimbursement policy, fully-paid 12 week parental leave, 24-hour emotional wellbeing support and more.

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Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at Upwork

We can't fulfill our company mission to create economic opportunities so people have better lives without a dedicated strategic investment in diversity, inclusion and belonging (DIBs), both within our corporate teams, and on the Upwork platform. Visit our DIBs page to learn more about how we approach diversity, inclusion and belonging.

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Making sure everyone has a chance to move forward

The Upwork Foundation is Upwork's social impact arm. Its goal is to make sure the future of work is inclusive, especially for communities at risk of being left behind by changing technology.

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The Upwork Foundation’s approach is fourfold, including:

  • Giving through grants and fundraising that support high-performing nonprofit organizations focused on skill development in underserved communities.
  • Partnerships with organizations that support individuals lacking socioeconomic opportunity due to geographical and/or historical limitations.
  • Product support to nonprofit organizations, helping them to increase social impact and realize their mission by leveraging top talent on Upwork.
  • Volunteering in our local communities across the U.S. and championing employees’ most important causes and organizations.

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