Airbnb CEO Tolls the Path of Remote Work

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As the battle over remote work continues to rage throughout the business world, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky has become the latest to embrace working without boundaries.

In a recent interview, Chesky reaffirmed his stance that traditional full-time office jobs have become obsolete, arguing that on-site work is “from a pre-digital period” and no longer makes sense for many career paths.

Chesky’s comments come just days after Airbnb announced that current employees would be able to work remotely permanently, likely in an effort to attract and retain talent in a historically tight labor market that has prompted several companies to boost their incentives.

“I feel the office’s current incarnation is over.” In a Time magazine Leadership Brief interview, Chesky described it as an “anachronistic form.” “Would we invent the workplace if it didn’t exist?” I’m intrigued. “If we invented it, what would we do with it?”

“Clearly, people will continue to work in hospitals and coffee shops—those are excellent places to work.” However, I feel the question for someone who works from home is, “What is an office supposed to do?” He persisted.

After being completely remote for several months during the COVID 19 pandemic, Chesky cited organizations that have utilized hybrid schedules as part of their “return to office” programs.

“Some businesses aren’t aware that something isn’t particularly sustainable two or three days a week,” explains Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky.

He underlined the importance of “collaboration spaces” in offices. But on the other hand, virtual gatherings have “limitations” in terms of community formation.

“I’m not presenting a glowing image of the future; there will be many hitches to iron out.” All I’m saying is that you can’t hang on to 1950 for much longer than you can hold on to the future. But, he said, “We have to move forward.” Chesky announced earlier this year that he would work from a different place every two weeks, following a similar schedule.

Airbnb stated last month that its employees would be able to live and work anywhere in the United States without experiencing compensation reductions based on their location. Under the company’s agreement, employees might live overseas for a portion of the year, with frequent team gatherings and in-person meetings.

With unemployment averaging around 4% across the country, firms are vying for top personnel by offering better pay and perks. As a result, at least 4.54 million American workers resigned from their employment in March, a trend called “the Great Resignation.”

While Airbnb’s completely remote trial began just a few days ago, other firms and corporations are encountering employee reluctance to return to work.

For example, Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon recently reported that the bank’s on-site attendance was above 50%. On the other hand, some junior bankers have openly complained about management tracking their attendance to get a five-day-per-week return.


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Allison Corrigan

I’m Allison and I am human rights activist and LGBTQIA+ defender. I finished my degree graduate studies on Public Administration and I spend most of my free time in contributing written works about community development, public administration and lifestyle.

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