Airbnb staff get permanent option to work remotely

ASIA-PACIFIC: Airbnb has announced that its staff can permanently work from home without impacting their salaries. The announcement elicited a surge in traffic to the company's careers webpage.

"The response internally was great, but even more impressive was the response externally, because our career page was visited 800,000 times after that announcement," CEO Brian Chesky said.

Chesky cited that remote work does not apply to the employees of hospitals, coffee shops, and other frontline services. "But I think that for somebody whose job is on a laptop, the question is, well, what is an office meant to do?"

The company will introduce single pay tiers in June, wherever the employee is based.

From September, employees can also work in more than 170 countries for up to 90 days a year in each location.

Chesky stated, "Two decades ago, Silicon Valley startups popularised the idea of open floor plans and on-site perks, which were soon adopted by companies all around the world. Similarly, today’s startups have embraced remote work and flexibility, and I think this will become the predominant way that we all work 10 years from now. This is where the world is going."

The CEO mentioned that the past two years were AirBnB’s most productive years despite the pandemic and movement restrictions. For the first time, it exceeded 100 million nights booked bookings in the first quarter, with a revenue of USD 1.5 billion.

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