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AirBnB says staffers can work remotely forever

Airbnb says staffers can work remotely forever The company won't require most emplyees to return to the office — ever.

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The company told employees on Thursday that they can permanently work remotely and can relocate anywhere within the country they currently work.

Doing so won't negatively impact compensation, the company said, meaning it will not adjust salaries downward if an employee opts to move to a city where the cost of living is lower.

CEO and cofounder Brian Chesky noted that permanent flexibility will allow the company to "hire and retain the best people in the world." Airbnb said it has 6,000 employees globally, with more than 3,000 in the United States.

Chesky also noted that "a small number of roles will be required to be in the office or a specific location to perform their core job responsibilities."

In January, Chesky announced that he'd live in Airbnbs, staying in other people's homes listed on its platform so he could hop from city to city every few weeks. Chesky said then that he thought the biggest travel trend in 2022 will be "people spreading out to thousands of towns and cities, staying for weeks, months, or even entire seasons at a time."

"More people will start living abroad, others will travel the entire summer, and some will even give up their leases and become digital nomads," he said, calling it a "decentralization of living."

Now, Chesky is officially freeing up staffers to do just that. He encouraged those who want to take advantage of long stays in other countries to do so.

"Starting in September, you can live and work in over 170 countries for up to 90 days a year in each location," he wrote. "Everyone will still need a permanent address for tax and payroll purposes, but we're excited to give you this level of flexibility.”

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