A Workplace Where We All Belong
Everyone deserves a workplace where we can show up without having to sacrifice meaningful aspects of our identity. At Upwork, we are striving to create an inclusive workplace. Our employee resource groups are powerful tools for supporting each other and finding our unique fit within the organization.
ERGs have the power to transform an ordinary workplace into a place of belonging.
Find support and guidance with our Employee Resource Groups.
At Upwork, we actively cultivate belonging for all of our employees. 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 employee resource groups (ERGs) create spaces that center the professional needs and goals of employees who identify as LGBTQIA+, Black, Latinx, Pan-Asian, veterans, women, and caregivers. ERGs make it more possible for employees to find their unique fit within our One Upwork community without having to sacrifice meaningful aspects of their identities.
Each ERG has leaders and executive sponsors within the company and welcomes participation from all our offices and remote employees. Learn more by visiting our ERG pages below.
ERGs were a huge key to maintaining my mental health in 2020—for addressing what was actually happening in the world, and giving us resources to take action and feel seen.
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 appropriate schedule boundaries.
Upwork supports employee and family wellness with a variety of benefits, including medical, dental, unlimited paid time off, virtual yoga classes, a fitness reimbursement policy, fully-paid 12 week parental leave, 24-hour emotional wellbeing support, and more.
Pulling Up for Black Employees
As a company, and as individuals, we have the power to take action against systemic racism. In our Black Lives Matter resource center we share insights on cultural competence training, strategies for amplifying employee voice and tools for developing an antiracist company culture.
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.