Airbnb told its 6,000 employees on Thursday it would have the option to work remotely permanently, joining a growing number of companies that have ditched their return-to-office plans, including Zillow and PwC. Airbnb also told its US employees that they could move anywhere in the country without a reduction in their compensation.
Airbnb previously aimed to bring employees back to the office by September 2022. Unsurprisingly, though, its CEO, Brian Chesky, was a proponent of workplace models that give people more flexibility to travel, noting that about one in five guests reported using Airbnb to work remotely last year.
Airbnb’s remote work policy is the latest in its effort to encourage people to use Airbnb listings as pseudo-offices. About 10 percent of American workers are still remote, up from a third in May 2020 at the height of pandemic lockdowns. Last summer, the company introduced Live Anywhere on Airbnb, an annual program that gave 12 people the chance to travel the world from Airbnb locations.
Some tech companies, such as Google and Microsoft, have taken a different tack and in recent weeks have tried to create office environments that are as attractive as vacation spots, offering games like corn hole, along with fried chicken and wine tastings for employees. who go back to their commute.