Life-work balance has always been a priority at Dropbox. For years, we’ve offered Dropboxers remote work options, flexible working hours, and time off policies to help them customize a schedule that protects the time they need for work, family, and personal priorities.

But as a global company, that’s easier said than done. Some of our teams are stretched across multiple continents and time zones, and collaboration between people located as far apart as San Francisco, Dublin, and Japan always presented major challenges. …

Every year, our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) team attends a handful of tech conferences to find and hire the best talent in the industry. They’re often accompanied by other Dropbox volunteers, who tend our booths and serve as the first connection point in building relationships with attendees from other companies and all walks of life. And while 2020 changed the way we attend conferences, we’ve adapted and even strengthened the way we build community during these events.

Most recently, we (virtually) attended The National Society of Black Engineers (otherwise known as NSBE) 47th Annual Convention. The virtual conference brought…

In 2021, Dropbox is at a cultural inflection point. While we previously anchored our culture to perks and physical amenities, like our employee cafeterias, with Virtual First, we must be more intentional when we connect with other people. Dropbox’s success is determined by how well we work with each other. Culture is not separate from our work — it is how we do our work.

As part of Career Development Days, Taylor Orr, Performance Management Lead, recently chatted with Danny Guillory, our Chief Diversity Officer, on the important connection between career and culture. …

API Heritage Month is always a vibrant celebration of culture and identity at Dropbox — but this year, showcasing our API heritage or our allyship with members of the API community carries more weight than ever before. We spoke with Sydney-based Dani Tam and Le Tran, Marketing Operations Manager and Head of APJ Communications respectively, about the challenges they faced growing up because of their heritage, and how anyone can help other young API people find their voices and step out of the shadows.

How was your culture a part of your upbringing?

Dani: I’m Chinese and was born in…

With the rise of anti-Asian harassment and discrimination against the API community across the US and beyond, how can we make sense of why this is happening now, what we can do, and even our emotions around it? During API Heritage Month, we wanted to make sure we gave our Dropboxers the opportunity to explore the answers to those questions.

We invited the president of Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC), John Yang, to talk about these topics and more in a recent conversation that we call a Droptalk. AAJC’s mission is to fight for civil rights and empower Asian Americans…

Helping each other succeed is one of our core motivators at Dropbox. Throughout the year, we’re always looking for opportunities to promote career growth and learning for all Dropboxers — most recently during Career Development Days.

Career Development Days, held in April, was an expansion of last fall’s Career Week, featuring a new theme: “Designing Your Virtual First Career.” Many of the same concepts were covered, but in light of our shift to Virtual First, we reframed them specifically for a remote work setting. …

Bree’s first day of kindergarten

For many members of the API community, it can take a lifetime to embrace an identity that is often ridiculed or persecuted in Western culture. This has been especially visible in recent months, with spikes in anti-Asian hate that have rocked our communities, but the erasure that forces many to keep their culture hidden away isn’t new.

During API Month at Dropbox, we’re encouraging our Dropboxers to come “out of the shadows” — to step into the light and be seen and heard. Bree Bunzel, Head of Global Customer Marketing, penned a powerful piece about her experiences growing up Korean American — including the stereotypes she faced, the ways she coped with discrimination, and how she finally began to find her own voice and embrace her culture.

You can read Bree’s full story here.

Moving to a Virtual First way of working means that Dropboxers have been finding new ways to connect with one another across the globe. Food is comforting, nourishing, and necessary, which makes it a wonderful and delicious commonality between Dropboxers who have joined #foodathome, a Slack channel dedicated to sharing the culinary creations cooked by Dropbox home chefs! #foodathome allows anyone who joins the chance to connect on the common ground of cooking with anyone within Dropbox, even individuals they haven’t met in real life or even through working on projects together.

At Dropbox, going Virtual First means we have the ability to hire from different backgrounds and locations — which means we have an even greater opportunity to create a more diverse workforce. We’re always looking for outside-the-box thinkers and strategic problem solvers who can apply their past experiences towards their current endeavors. That means actively looking outside traditional hiring pools and actively seeking out candidates, like veterans, who bring a unique level of expertise and leadership to all our teams.

While these veterans are currently helping all of us at Dropbox make the world work better, we want to honor…

In October, we announced that Dropbox would now operate as a Virtual First organization. While this meant a huge shift in work life for many of our team members who, pre-pandemic, commuted to an office every day, it’s also brought major benefits to the lives of Dropboxers worldwide. We checked in with Director of Product Management Moran Shimron to see how working from home in Israel has helped her slow down her day, spend more time with her family, and even make space for painting classes.

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