You’ll never catch Upskill software engineer, Paul Setlak, not smiling while he’s at work. Nothing can shake Paul’s resolve, not even a 30-degree bike ride to work from Herndon to Tyson’s Corner, Virginia. He does it because he loves the challenge, and chooses to avoid the bustle in a region known for its commuter traffic.

As Upskill’s longest standing employee, Setlak has seen Upskill grow from a team of four to now more than 50 employees over three offices, and win its fair share of awards along the way — recognition ranging from naming Upskill a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and Gartner Cool Vendor to Upskill’s CEO, Brian Ballard, being awarded an EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist and Washingtonian’s 100 Tech Leaders.

These types of recognition could get just about anyone interested about our company, but for Setlak and many others at Upskill, what keeps our team smiling comes down to the ability to do exciting work in an environment that is trusting and provides flexibility to meet the needs and working style of its employees.

Upskill employee pointing the direction in which he will bike.

That’s why Upskill was named both an Inc. magazine “Best Place to Work” and a Washington area “Red Hot Company” in 2017, and most recently earned recognition as a “Best Workplace for Commuters (BWC),” a nationally recognized and elite designation for employers that make an extra effort to offer outstanding commuter benefits to their employees.

“We want everyone at Upskill to feel empowered to take command of their days,” said Jill Odom, Upskill VP of Finance and Administration. “We trust people to get their work done, whether they prefer commuting later in the day to avoid traffic or taking advantage of our flexible work from home policy.”

For Setlak, that means choosing to commute on the 100 miles of bike lanes in the DC area, taking warm showers in our office gym, and parking his bike in the indoor bike racks before starting his day. In addition to that, he and the rest of the team at Upskill enjoy:

  • Flexible work schedules
  • Ability to work from home as needed
  • Access to the DC metro within walking distance
  • Access to an office gym as well as 24 Hour Fitness within a block

While we’re proud of our best-in-class commuting programs, we can’t take all the credit. Fairfax County also contributes commuter benefits to our Virginia-based employees that add to the range of options we can provide to our team. They include:

  • Commuter Connections ­­- free service employees can use to find carpools and rideshares
  • Guaranteed Ride Home a program that allows commuters who regularly (twice a week) carpool, vanpool, bike, walk or take transit to work to request a free ride home up to four times per year for unexpected emergencies such as personal illness or a sick child

Interested in finding your Paul Setlak smile? Our Austin and Bay area offices enjoy the same stress-relieving commuting benefits as our DC HQ. We are also exploring localized city and county commuting programs in those areas.

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