Airbnb lets employees live and work from anywhere

Airbnb will allow its employees to live and work almost anywhere in the world, fully adopting a remote working policy to attract staff and ensure flexibility.

The San Francisco short-stay company said late Thursday that under the new policy, employees can work from the office, from home or while traveling to 170 countries.

Staff will still need to meet in person for regular team meetings and events, CEO Brian Chesky said in a message to employees. Salaries will not change if employees decide to move.

Employees can spend up to three months working in each country they visit each year, but they’ll still need a permanent address for tax and salary reasons, which involves a “mountain of complexity,” but Chesky said the company was working on open source. Solution.

The new policy will put the company in a better position to hire and retain the best employees by not “limiting the talent pool to a commuting radius around our offices,” Chesky said. Remote work and flexibility “will become the predominant way of working in 10 years,” he said.

Millions of people have switched to remote work during the pandemic to limit potential exposure to COVID-19. Companies are starting to ask those workers back into the office, at least on a hybrid basis, including other tech companies like Facebook parent Meta and Microsoft.


This version corrects to show the number of 170 countries allowed under the new policy.

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