Airbnb’s 400 Irish employees said they could “live and work anywhere” as the company commits to remote work


Airbnb has announced that its employees can now “live and work anywhere” to encourage remote work.

The company employs 444 Irish people at its Ringsend headquarters in Dublin.

The short-term leasing company’s chief executive officer said employees can choose where they want to work and their pay will not change.

Brian Chesky said employees will have the flexibility to “live and work in 170 countries” at each location for up to 90 days per year.

In a statement today, Mr Chesky said: “Today we are announcing that Airbnb employees can live and work anywhere. Our design for working at Airbnb has 5 key features.

“You can work from home or from the office – whatever works best for you.

“You can move anywhere in the country, e.g. For example, from San Francisco to Nashville, your compensation will not change.

“You have the flexibility to live and work in any location in 170 countries, up to 90 days a year.”

Mr Chesky said the company will also host regular “team meetings, offsites and social events” so its employees can meet in person throughout the year.

“We will meet regularly for team meetings. Most employees will meet in person for about a week each quarter (some more frequently),” he said.

“To achieve this, we will envisage a multi-year roadmap with two major product releases per year, which will take us forward in a highly coordinated manner.”

Airbnb decided to make this change of course because it was having “the most productive two-year period” in its history while working remotely.

“Why did we come up with this design? The world has become more flexible. Our business would not have recovered so quickly from the pandemic if millions of people hadn’t worked at Airbnbs,” the statement continued.

“Two decades ago, Silicon Valley startups popularized open floor plans and on-site perks. Today’s startups have embraced flexibility and remote work. I think that in 10 years this will be the dominant way companies work.

“Companies are severely penalized if they limit their talent pool to a commuting radius from their offices. The best people live anywhere.”

Mr Chesky said Airbnb plans to have the “best of both worlds” by combining a mix of online and in-person work.

“The most meaningful connections are personal. Zoom is great for nurturing relationships, but it’s not the best way to deepen them. And some creative work is best done in the same room,” he said.

“The right solution should combine the efficiency of Zoom with the meaningful human connection that comes when people come together. Our design tries to combine the best of both worlds.” Airbnb’s 400 Irish employees said they could “live and work anywhere” as the company commits to remote work

Fry Electronics Team

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