Airbnb CEO: Present workplace designs are outdated

“I feel an workplace as we all know it’s form of an outdated notion,” Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky mentioned on the Wall Road Journal’s CEO Council Summit on Wednesday. “It is primarily, because it’s presently designed, an anachronistic type issue from a pre-digital age.”

He mentioned that the corporate “100%” plans to revamp its workplaces — however admitted he does not know precisely what it’s going to seem like.

“I assumed we had a reasonably cool workplace design earlier than,” he mentioned. “I would really like us to be actually revolutionary within the workplace and office design of the long run and I feel we have now to reside on this new world to determine what it may seem like. However the workplace of the long run mustn’t resemble in any respect the workplace of the previous as a result of the world is altering.”

One factor he did predict was the autumn of the open workplace flooring plan.

“The open flooring plan with these assembly rooms that everybody’s ready in line to get in and nobody can discover a assembly room, all of that’s I feel a factor of the previous.”

With its new versatile work coverage, Chesky mentioned the corporate plans for workers to collect in particular person for a few week each quarter “to verify there may be human connection.”

The shift to distant work additionally means the corporate will spend much less cash on workplace area and have a smaller workplace footprint, he mentioned, since solely a small fraction of its staff will likely be on the workplace on the identical time.

“We’re going to have a a lot smaller workplace footprint, we’ll in all probability spend slightly bit extra money on journey leisure to collect individuals…that being mentioned there’ll in all probability be fewer enterprise journey conferences as a result of a variety of issues could be achieved over Zoom.”

The San Francisco-based firm informed staff final month the vast majority of them are capable of work wherever within the nation they presently work in with out having their pay impacted.

And beginning in September, staff may select to work from greater than 170 nations for as much as 90 days yearly in every location. However staff will want a everlasting handle for tax and payroll causes, the corporate famous in an e-mail to staff on April 28.

“Most firms do not do that due to the mountain of complexities with taxes, payroll, and time zone availability, however I hope we are able to open-source an answer so different firms can provide this flexibility as properly,” Chesky mentioned within the e-mail.

The house-sharing platform has benefited from the rise in versatile work. Chesky informed the WSJ that the corporate would not have recovered as shortly from the pandemic if it weren’t for tens of millions of individuals residing in Airbnbs. He added that one-fifth of the enterprise comes from individuals staying longer than a month.

“[That’s] not even thought of classically journey,” he mentioned. “Our enterprise would not have recovered if it hadn’t been for individuals residing and dealing on Airbnb.”