May 2, 2022
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Good morning! As tech companies try to figure out the best way to bring workers together without forcing them into an office, Airbnb is embracing a unique twist on a hybrid model. I’m Sarah Roach, and I got to meet lots of my colleagues for the first time in person last week. All of my height predictions were accurate.
The future of work is messy. Some companies are hoping that fun perks will bring people back to the office, at least a few days a week, while others don’t care if you ever come back to the office. Airbnb seems to have figured out the best of both worlds.
Airbnb announced it will let employees work from anywhere in the world. This doesn’t come as a shock — Brian Chesky has been vocal about work becoming largely remote, and now he’s walking the walk.
Airbnb isn’t the first company to allow people to work from anywhere, but its plan is the least complicated. Some tech companies’ policies come with pay cuts or caps on raises, while other tech companies have adopted hybrid work plans that have become more taxing on employees than enjoyable.
Implementing a hybrid or remote work plan isn’t easy. Many companies are finding it difficult to strike a balance between embracing the changing times and making employees happy with the desire to bring everyone together. Airbnb is one company that seems to be trying to address both issues.
The key to allowing people to work remotely is making sure it’s not a headache for everyone. Coinbase recently wrote in a blog post that workers shouldn’t feel punished for their decision to go remote, be it through pay cuts or exclusion from social circles. But Airbnb’s plan is a move toward remote-ish: the ability to live away from an office with the option of having some occasional in-person face-time. It might just be the true hybrid work model of the future.
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