Airbnb’s CEO Joins Work-from-Anywhere Party
Airbnb’s CEO joins the work-from-anywhere party with a plan to “live on Airbnb” (Bloomberg) — Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb Inc., is living the “golden age of travel” by announcing that he’ll be “living on Airbnb” and staying in various locations for the next few months.
Airbnb’s CEO and co-founder, Brian Chesky, announced the move on Twitter on Thursday, saying that staff compensation will not change if they relocate.
“You have the freedom to live and work in 170 countries for up to 90 days per year,” he explained.
Other companies are attempting to persuade employees to return to work for a few days a week, causing some employees to resign.
As other companies begin to look beyond the coronavirus pandemic and bring staff back to work, the home-sharing platform Airbnb announced that it plans to let its employees live and work wherever they want.
The company’s CEO and co-founder, Brian Chesky, announced the move on Twitter on Thursday, saying that staff compensation will not change if they choose to relocate.
Today, we’re announcing that Airbnb employees can live and work anywhere.— Brian Chesky (@bchesky) April 29, 2022
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“You have the flexibility to live and work in 170 countries for up to 90 days a year in each location,” he said, without elaborating on which countries they won’t be able to work from or why the 90-day limit was imposed.
Employees will still need a permanent address for tax and payroll purposes, according to Chesky in a separate email to staff.
“Most companies don’t do this because of the mountain of complexities with taxes, payroll, and time zone availability,” he wrote in the email. “However, I hope we can open-source a solution so that other companies can offer this flexibility as well.”
Employees will be responsible for obtaining “proper work authorization,” according to Chesky, who added that the San Francisco-based company is working with local governments to make the process easier.
“Right now, more than 20 countries offer remote work visas, with more on the way,” he said.
It’s possible that the move is intended to encourage other businesses to implement similar remote-working policies, which could benefit Airbnb.
Other businesses are attempting to entice employees back to the office with perks such as social events and free food. Not everyone is convinced, and some employees are reportedly leaving to work for companies that have more flexible remote-working policies.
Chesky stated that the majority of his team will meet in person for about a week every quarter but that some will do so more frequently and that Zoom has limitations.
“In person, the most meaningful connections happen,” Chesky said. “Zoom is great for keeping relationships alive, but it’s not the best way to grow them.” And some creative work is best done with others in the same space.”
He went on to say that while working remotely, Airbnb had the most productive two-year period in its history.
“Open floor plans and on-site perks were popularised by Silicon Valley startups two decades ago,” he said. “Today’s startups have embraced remote work and flexibility.” In ten years, I believe this will be the standard way for businesses to operate.”
Companies that “limit their talent pool to a commuting radius around their offices” will be at a “significant disadvantage,” according to Chesky, because the best people live everywhere.