In an interview on the podcast "Decoder," Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky explained why he's permanently allowed employees to work from anywhere.
Chesky said the company initially made the decision in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced many companies to adopt remote work policies. He said the pandemic showed that employees can be just as productive when they work from home and that the company is committed to providing flexibility and work-life balance.
"I guarantee you that many of these CEOs who are calling people back to the office in New York City are going away to the Hamptons for the summer or going to Europe in August," Chesky said. "I still think that's happening. So you still have incremental flexibility. That's way more than the old world before Zoom."
Airbnb employees can work from anywhere worldwide with a reliable internet connection. The company will also provide employees with stipends to help them cover living costs in their new location.
Chesky said the new policy would allow Airbnb to attract and retain the best talent, regardless of where they live. He also said it would help the company be more innovative and creative.
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