Could You Give Your Staff This ‘Work Anywhere’ Freedom?

Bosses in the East Valley are being asked if they can give their staff freedom to genuinely work anywhere, any time – including in another country. It’s after AirBnB’s boss set five remote work rules that apply to all its staff. They now have huge freedom to choose exactly where they work.

“These rules are simple and very attractive for their staff. But I’m not sure how easy it would be for businesses in the East Valley to be so flexible,” said local technology expert Alex Martinez, owner of CMIT Solutions of Gilbert and Mesa.

AirBnb, the company which lets people rent out their homes to tourists, has fully committed to a “live anywhere, work anywhere” philosophy. It means staff can work in any location in their home country, and even work abroad for up to 90 days.

Five remote work rules:

  • You can work from home or the office
  • You can move anywhere in the country you work in, and your compensation won’t change
  • You have the flexibility to travel and work around the world
  • We’ll meet up regularly for gatherings
  • We’ll continue to work in a highly coordinated way

“You can see why AirBnB would do this,” said Alex Martinez. “They’ve realized location flexibility is very important to staff these days. This helps them attract the best staff, retain them, and encourage them to have a great quality of life.

“Today it might be difficult for businesses here to adopt such a policy. For example, as a busy IT support company, our staff have to be serving clients in their offices some of the time.”

He added: “But in the future, I think this is flexibility all companies must work towards. The pandemic created something that’s going to become more and more important to staff in the years ahead.”

CMIT Solutions of Gilbert and Mesa was formed in 2015 and specializes in supporting local businesses in the East Valley.

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