(TAN): Airbnb is extending the option for its employees to work remotely through the end of August 2021, even if their home office has reopened, the home renting platform said. The company had, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, closed its offices around the world.
In a statement, Airbnb said while the firm doesn’t know when the pandemic will end, “we want to provide our employees with flexibility and choice to make decisions about the next year”.
The company is therefore offering this remote working extension to give employees the ability to plan further ahead and “make the choices they need around school calendars, being closer to family, caring for vulnerable family members, and other personal decisions”.
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Airbnb is supporting its employees in the following ways:
- Employees have the option to temporarily relocate to states and countries where Airbnb is set up to support them.
- The firm is providing a USD 300 stipend for home office equipment, with an additional USD 200 to cover ergonomic equipment.
- Employees who need flexibility due to inability to work due to COVID-19 specific reasons (such as caring for a family member due to illness or closure of a care facility) can coordinate with their manager on a flexible work arrangement.
- Employees continue to receive a quarterly USD 500 credit to use on Airbnb, which can be used to book accommodations for temporary relocations.
Airbnb says it will reopen its offices when it is appropriate and safe to do so based on company guidelines as well as relevant government restrictions.