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Re: Now is the time to act!

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Hayden B Employee Member Since: Jun 25, 2015
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Upwork Community, 

 

Our voices matter. 

Our commitments matter. 

Our actions matter.

 

We are deeply saddened by the recent events of discrimination and violence against Black people in our communities. We acknowledge George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the many other Black people who have needlessly lost their lives due to racist violence and an inequitable justice system. We are outraged, and we are motivated to take action for the betterment of our communities. At Upwork, we do not condone any form of racism on our platform. Black Lives Matter and we stand with our Black community now and every day.  

 

On the Upwork platform, we will continue to work to build a space where people of all races, backgrounds, and nationalities can tap into unparalleled work opportunities. Our product is anchored in our mission to create economic opportunities so people have better lives. We will continue to break down the barriers that too often block talented people, including Black people, from accessing opportunities and realizing their potential. We are deeply committed to furthering opportunities for Black people on our platform, including taking steps to identify potential biases and to reduce the propagation of hiring preferences around race, nationality, gender, and ethnicity on Upwork. 

 

We are expanding our outreach into our communities where we are committed to the eradication of police violence, particularly violence against Black people. To further this important work, we are donating $100,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund to help fight racial injustice. We are also matching an additional $100,000 in employee donations to organizations supporting the Black community. You can learn more about our efforts in the open letter posted here by Erin Thomas, Upwork’s Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging.

 

At Upwork, we are channeling our outrage into work to actively build a company and a society that Black people deserve. 

 

Hayden Brown

President and CEO, Upwork

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Rochelle H Member Since: Sep 24, 2017
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If you really care and support your black community of freelancers, then you should work to create features to help clients find diverse talent, specifically. I am a Freelancer here and as a small biz owner, I use Upwork as a Client also.

In my own experience and from what I've heard from colleagues who are literally searching for freelancers of color for specific projects, like opinion pieces, from the eye of, etc. - your current search options make that impossible to do. The same can be said for clients trying to hire more women, too.

Overall your current system for clients doesn't help them to champion diversity at all and for clients who have a culture around diversity, this matters.

In the current climate where brands are making public statements that they want to work with diverse talent, contractors, freelancer, etc - Upwork should be taking steps to help them do so.


"You can learn more about our efforts in the open letter posted here by Erin Thomas"

Went there, read it, didn't see any additional information about Upwork efforts. I did see a nice letter that addressed Upwork EMPLOYEES, however not a single mention about what you're doing for the freelance and client community on your platform.
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Flavio S Member Since: Nov 19, 2015
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Upwork's search filters are based on talent, and I really hope it stays that way. Color skin and gender aren't talents or skills.

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Kishor P Member Since: Jun 14, 2016
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Flavio S wrote:

Upwork's search filters are based on talent, and I really hope it stays that way. Color skin and gender aren't talents or skills.


Perfectly said. Deserves double kudos. In case anyone has need of freelancer of specific gender or color then the client clearly mention in project requirements like..."two female black candidates needed".

 

Talent and skill must not be diluted.

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Rochelle H Member Since: Sep 24, 2017
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Flavio S wrote:

Upwork's search filters are based on talent, and I really hope it stays that way. Color skin and gender aren't talents or skills.


It's unfortunate that you chose to completely miss the point of my statement, so I'll give an example of why my request is one that should be seriously considered. If a media company is looking for a freelance writer to write an opinion piece on, for example, what it's like to be an American Black woman during these times of protests  - then the client is going to be looking for a black woman/womxn who is an American to write that piece, not a white male, or any other race or gender. 

 

Even if the freelancer has articles known by everyone in the biz (to your point of skill), if they don't fit the criteria of being a black American woman, then they are not the right freelancer for the job. Full stop. 

 

Scenarios above are exactly what I referred to in my original comment, It's unfortunate that some chose to assume I meant across all/every project.

 

I also use Upwork as Client, and my experience searching for diverse freelancers for specific projects, like the one I gave as an example, (using the current filters avail) I can still spend hours sifting through freelancers I'd like to invite to a job, especially as Upwork constantly wants to present to me freelancers they want to promote based on their algorithms. I don't know what the exact right fix is, I'm simply stating that I believe improvements can be made, as both a freelancer of color and a Client looking for freelancers of color to work with. 

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Joan S Member Since: Mar 18, 2019
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So, Rochelle, you really believe that someone of any country or of any class is unable to write an article about what it means to be a black woman in America in this day and age? People all over the planet are doing that very thing. As far as Upwork is concerned, I believe that skills and talent are more important than diversity. If I wanted to hire someone, I would look for talent and not skin color.

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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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Joan S wrote:

So, Rochelle, you really believe that someone of any country or of any class is unable to write an article about what it means to be a black woman in America in this day and age? 


To be honest, I believe that too. 

Apart from the sheer credibility aspect, how could a white male from Italy (for example) write it? 

 

It's pretty much like any article written in the "I" form needs the writer to have first hand and personal experience of what they are writing about.

 

Where I disagree with Rochelle is that it would be hard to find a black female writer to write it.

I also find the idea of adding filters for ethnicity and gender problematic. That's going in a worrying direction and would be used to exclude as often as to include...

 

In the vast majority of jobs on Upwork, (outside writing from a specific perspectivem acting or voiceover) ethnicity and gender should be irrelevant. 

 

Considering how miniscule the sample of jobs where a specific ethnicity or gender is really required actually is, there is no upside to including something that can be used to do more harm than good.

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Joan S Member Since: Mar 18, 2019
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I believe a white male from Italy could interview multitudes of black women about their feelings and then write about them, as could anyone else if they wanted to do it.

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Lena E Community Manager Member Since: Apr 7, 2015
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Hi Rochelle.

 

Thank you for your response. You have highlighted some valid use cases and gaps in our search functionality. We will be sharing your feedback with our Product team and when we have details about any future updates to our product we will announce them here in the forums. 

 

-Lena

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Kishor P Member Since: Jun 14, 2016
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If an upwork employees really thinks this as a credible stuff and, such a childish stuff is reaching to Product team then i must admit upwork has embarked on downward direction.

 

A client can simply mention in job title as 'Black Female (USA citizen) writers needed'


If an employer really wants someone to write about "what it's like to be an American Black woman during these times of protests"

 

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