Airbnb Staff Will Soon Be Able To “Live and Work Everywhere” Says CEO

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Airbnb announced that it will allow employees to live and work remotely as other companies bring their staff back to the office.

Brian Chesky, the home-sharing platform’s CEO and co-founder shared the news on Twitter Thursday, saying that staff compensation won’t change if they decide to move.

“You have the flexibility to live and work in 170 countries for up to 90 days a year in each location, he said, without specifying which countries they won’t be able to work from or the reason for the 90-day cap.

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In a separate email to staff, Chesky 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 taxes, payroll, and time zone availability, but I hope we can open-source a solution so other companies can offer this flexibility as well,” he said in the email.

Airbnb employees will be responsible for “proper work authorization,” Chesky said, adding that the San Francisco-headquartered company is partnering with local governments to make this easier.

“Today, 20+ countries offer remote work visas, and more are in the works,” he said.

Chesky noted that most of his staff will meet in person every quarter for about a week at a time.

“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 some creative work is best done in the same room.”

“Two decades ago, Silicon Valley start-ups popularized open floor plans and on-site perks,” he said. “Today’s startups have embraced flexibility and remote work. I think this will become the predominant way companies work 10 years from now.”

Chesky suggested that firms will be at a “significant disadvantage” if they “limit their talent pool to a commuting radius around their offices”.