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‘Live and work anywhere’ – TechCrunch

Airbnb is fully committed to the live anywhere, work anywhere philosophy that much of the business community has had to adopt, committing to full-time remote work for most employees and a handful of perks like 90 days of international work/travel. It’s a strong, simple policy that so few major companies have dared to surpass.

In an email to the staff posted on the company blog (or was it a blog post emailed to employees?), and in a Twitter thread for those who can’t get to grips with it, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky outlined and encapsulated the new policy five points together:

  • You can work from home or from the office
  • You can move anywhere in the country where you work and your pay will not change
  • You have the flexibility to travel and work anywhere in the world
  • We meet regularly for meetings
  • We will continue to work in a highly coordinated manner

They’re obviously pretty self-explanatory, but to be clear, let’s shut them down.

Except for “a few roles” that require being in an office or location (and who are likely already aware of this), all employees can work from anywhere.

If you decide to relocate, your salary will not change as long as you stay in the country. For example, wherever you go in the US, you’ll get the same salary, and one hopes it’s enough, whether you live in a small town in Colorado or in midtown Manhattan. Unfortunately, if you decide to move permanently to London or Seoul, it’s “much more complex, so we can’t support those this year”.

Although workers need a permanent address, they have dozens of companies and locations where they can work up to 90 days a year – so stay in Lisbon for a bit and work from this villa for a week or two after your vacation. Why not? Well, possibly because remote work visas may not be available for those areas, but that’s all a work in progress. (You add partners to a big list here.)

Chesky says they will all “meet regularly,” although Airbnb likely has about 15,000 employees at this point. That’s even more than TechCrunch! They’ll have “limited off-sites” in 2022, which is probably smart, but next year you can “expect to meet in person for about a week every quarter.” I really don’t understand how they can even work there.

That last point seems a bit redundant and smug, but it’s probably good to officially note that the general form of work at the company or the way people are managed will not change as a result of this new policy.

Many companies have announced interim guidelines with the understanding that they will be reviewed again in a few months. There is a lot of talk about the “hybrid” or “flex” model, where employees work some days in the office and the rest of the time from home. Depending on where and how you work, this can be the best or worst of both worlds. But it points to a certain lack of determination in leadership. (Among the early adopters of full-time remote work was Twitterwhich may soon be below new leadership.)

And then there’s the safety and liability issue. Activision Blizzard, already a kind of fubar, demanded a return to the office, then lifted her vaccination mandate. As someone noted at the time“don’t die for this company” or any other company.

Perhaps Airbnb will be the guinea pig for this particular kind of “fully remote workspace,” and all the other companies will look on, waiting for the company to stub its toe over some huge new tax bill or productivity problem. But the policy’s simplicity and flexibility, notwithstanding international legal constraints, can outweigh any new problems it creates.



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