Open floor plans are ‘a thing of the past’ says Airbnb CEO

Airbnb recently adopted a permanent remote work option for employees, but CEO Brian Chesky says that even when employees do return to their officesthey will be completely different.

While Chesky says he’s not sure exactly what the company’s offices will look like in the future, he wants to create a space that is “innovative in the design of offices and the workplace of the future.”

As part of this, he predicts that open office plans will become moot.

The open floor plan with these meeting rooms where everyone is lining up to get in and no one can find a meeting room, I think that’s all a thing of the past,” Chesky said.

For its new working arrangements, Chesky plans to bring employees together for one week per quarter to keep them in touch with each other. By doing so, Airbnb will be able to reduce its costs and footprint for offices.

Chesky expects the company to use its new savings to “entertain travel to bring people together,” but that overall business travel would likely decline.

Starting in September, Airbnb employees will have the flexibility to work from more than 170 different countries for up to 90 days a year as part of its warm embrace of remote working capabilities. However, workers will still need a permanent address for tax and payroll purposes.

“Most companies don’t because of the mountain of complexities with tax, payroll and time zone availability, but hopefully we can open up a solution so other companies can offer as well. this flexibility,” Chesky said.

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