Brian Chesky, CEO and co-founder of Airbnb
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home sharing platform Airbnb It announced that it plans to allow its employees to live and work wherever they want as other companies begin to look beyond the coronavirus pandemic and bring employees back to the office.
Brian Chesky, CEO and co-founder of the company, revealed the move Twitter Thursday, saying employee compensation will not change if they decide to move.
You have the flexibility to live and work in 170 countries for up to 90 days a year at each location,“ He said, without specifying which countries they will not be able to work in or the reason for the 90-day limit.
separately Send an email to employeesChesky said employees will still need a permanent address for tax and payroll purposes.
“Most companies don’t do this because of the mountain of complexities with tax and payroll and time zone availability, but I hope we can open source so other companies can offer this flexibility as well,” he said in the email.
Chesky said Airbnb employees will be personally responsible for obtaining the “appropriate work permit,” adding that the San Francisco-based company is partnering with local governments to facilitate this.
“Today, more than 20 countries offer remote work visas, and there’s more in the works,” he said.
The move is likely designed to inspire other companies to offer similar remote working policies that would potentially benefit Airbnb. Airbnb did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
The decision comes as other companies begin trying to lure employees back into the office, sometimes with perks like social events and free food. However, not everyone is convinced and some workers are convinced It said Quit joining companies with more flexible telecommuting policies.
Chesky noted that most of his employees would meet in person every three months for about a week at a time, adding that some would do so frequently and that Zoom It has its limits.
“The most meaningful connections happen in person,” Chesky said. “Zoom is great for maintaining relationships, but it’s not the best way to deepen them. And it’s better to do some creative work in the same room.”
He went on to say that Airbnb had the most productive two-year period in its history while working remotely.
“Two decades ago, Silicon Valley startups promoted open floor plans and on-site franchises,” he said. “Today’s startups have embraced flexibility and remote work. I think this will become the dominant way companies operate 10 years from now.”
Chesky suggested that companies would be at a “huge disadvantage” if they “limit their talent pool to a commuting distance around their offices” where the best people live everywhere.