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Re: What is Upwork doing for freelancers about COVID19?

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Lena E Community Manager Member Since: Apr 7, 2015
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UPDATE: Events are cancelled until further notice, all in-person events scheduled in April are also on hold.

 

Upwork has been closely monitoring the situation of COVID-19, along with the rest of the world. The safety and well-being of our Upwork community is our number one priority. Therefore, Upwork has decided to proactively put all in-person events scheduled for March on hold. This means that local events like our Expert Evenings and Top Rated Huddles have unfortunately been cancelled. We will continue to monitor developments with COVID-19 closely and are currently investigating remote event options. Our event page will be updated when we have upcoming online and in-person events.

 

In the meantime, we ask that you do everything you can during this time to take care of yourself.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Clean and disinfect your electronic devices. (This cnet article on how to clean your phone gives some great tips.)

Resources:

 

Thanks for understanding. Let us know if you have any questions.

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Natalie S Member Since: Oct 12, 2018
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It seems every other organization I interact (Grocery store, my coworking space, even my property manager) with has emailed with the steps they’re taking. Upwork.... crickets.

They could
-accept applications from new freelancers quicker (those who are switching to online work to compensate for work lost elsewhere)
-grant those new freelancers free connects
-in fact, they could grant free connects to everyone to increase online work interactions
-add incentives for people who usually work offline to work online via Upwork’s tools (although I agree the video chat tool is next to useless)
-allow quicker access to funds, especially for hourly payments
...
....
And so on.

Upwork has a nice opportunity here as remote working increases but like I say... crickets.
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Jennifer R Member Since: Sep 15, 2017
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Natalie S wrote:
It seems every other organization I interact (Grocery store, my coworking space, even my property manager) with has emailed with the steps they’re taking. Upwork.... crickets.

They could
-accept applications from new freelancers quicker (those who are switching to online work to compensate for work lost elsewhere)
-grant those new freelancers free connects
-in fact, they could grant free connects to everyone to increase online work interactions
-add incentives for people who usually work offline to work online via Upwork’s tools (although I agree the video chat tool is next to useless)
-allow quicker access to funds, especially for hourly payments
...
....
And so on.

Upwork has a nice opportunity here as remote working increases but like I say... crickets.

I am still looking for a nanny. Upwork, can you help?

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Natalie S Member Since: Oct 12, 2018
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In all seriousness, have you tried your local Facebook group for your nanny search? Mine is full of people out of work (I’m in Hollywood and productions have all been shut down). You might find qualified people looking for a temporary solution. Good luck!
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Valeria K Moderator Member Since: Mar 6, 2014
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Hi Natalie,

 

Please, refer to this announcement Lena posted earlier this week for information. 

 

ETA: I've merged your post with the existing announcement about COVID-19.

 

Thanks!

~ Valeria
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Natalie S Member Since: Oct 12, 2018
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Oh so not _quite_crickets but some guidance on hand washing. Hmm.
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Christine A Member Since: May 4, 2016
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Natalie S wrote:
Oh so not _quite_crickets but some guidance on hand washing. Hmm.

Why would they want to add more freelancers to the website, when there's very likely to be a huge drop in the number of jobs available as the economy worsens? Upwork needs more clients, not more freelancers.

 

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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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Natalie S wrote:
It seems every other organization I interact (Grocery store, my coworking space, even my property manager) with has emailed with the steps they’re taking. Upwork.... crickets.

They could
-accept applications from new freelancers quicker (those who are switching to online work to compensate for work lost elsewhere)
-grant those new freelancers free connects
-in fact, they could grant free connects to everyone to increase online work interactions
-add incentives for people who usually work offline to work online via Upwork’s tools (although I agree the video chat tool is next to useless)
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And starve and harm their loyal existing freelancers? I very much hope no such thing would happen.

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Wendy C Member Since: Aug 24, 2015
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Natalie, I've no idea of what you do or how long you've been on U. as your profile is marked private, but just to let you know U has been trying to validate the calibre of FLers and winnow down the number of incompetents ... not increase them.

 

There is sound logic behind not implementing your suggestions.

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Kavita K Member Since: Mar 10, 2015
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Upwork has taken a good step. 

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