One of the most popular online marketplace just announced their permanent move to remote working. In detail, Airbnb has made it public that all its employees will for now and forevermore work remotely. Will the Airbnb remote working policy inspire others to follow suit?   

To find out, Real Research launched a survey on Airbnb’s permanent remote working policy to see how the public feels about its employees fully committing to remote working from home. Here are the results. 


  • 84.91% say they work in an office.
  • 85.54% say high wages should be slashed if employees work remotely full-time.
  • 61.42% are willing to take smaller salaries for permanent remote work.

Over 85% Have Worked Remotely Before

To start off, the Airbnb remote working policy survey asks if respondents work in an office. To which only 15.09% say they do not. Furthermore, 84.27% say they have worked remotely before Covid-19 as opposed to the 86.09% who worked remotely during Covid-19.

In relation, the survey asks if respondents’ workplaces have plans to continue with their remote working policy after Covid-19. To which, 78.37% say ‘definitely’, 15.86% say ‘for the time being, but it could change’, and 5.77% say ‘definitely not’.

Getting to the point, the survey asks if respondents are aware of the new Airbnb remote working policy. In reply, 84.27% say ‘yes’ and 15.73% say ‘no’.

Figure 1 Respondents are aware of the new Airbnb remote working policy
Figure 1: Respondents are aware of the new Airbnb remote working policy

More so, as part of this policy, Airbnb employees can take extended ‘workations’ where they can choose to work abroad for up to 90 days. Respondents’ thoughts on this include ‘admirable’ (60.01%), ‘remarkable’ (13.88%), ‘interesting’ (7.51%), ‘surprising’ (6.57%), ‘sensational’ (5.90%), and ‘shocking’ (5.62%).   

Only 25.97% Prefer Working From the Office

The survey highlights how major IT firms like Google, Microsoft, Meta, and Twitter said they would slash their employees’ salaries if they moved to remote work. To them, this is reasonable as the high wages are in proportion to the high cost of living near their offices. When asked if this is a fair statement, only 14.46% disagree.

Figure 2 Respondents prefer to work remotely
Figure 2 Respondents prefer to work remotely

Following after, respondents reveal which type of work they prefer. To highlight, 74.03% chose remote working and 25.97% chose office working. As to why the majority chose the former, 62.39% say it is because they do not have to worry about what to wear. Meanwhile, 20.16% say it saves in commuting time and costs while 9.64% say they can manage their own schedule and time. Lastly, 4.23% say there are fewer distractions which means more productivity.

In contrast, for why office working is better, 33.12% say they like the work set up in their office. Likewise, 29.38% say it is necessary for them to separate work and home spaces while 17.93% believe it establishes teamwork and peer-to-peer connections. Lastly, 10.11% say being in the office pushes them to work harder and 8.49% say it is easier to schedule meetings and coordinate projects in the office.

12.93% Think the Airbnb Remote Working Policy Will Fail  

As opposed to the 70.40% who believe it will be very effective. To dive in deeper, the survey asks if respondents believe the Airbnb remote working policy will affect other firms as well. In answer, 56.37% say it is highly likely while 18.85% say it is somewhat likely. In contrast, only 4.02% say it is unlikely. 

To press further, the survey asks respondents if they think their workplaces will embrace a remote working policy similar to Airbnb’s. In response, 60.75% say ‘definitely’ and 14.49% say ‘maybe’. In contrast, 12.98% say ‘definitely not’. Lastly, a lucky  3.89% say they already have a similar policy in place. 

Figure 3 Reaction to possibly having a smaller salary for permanent remote working
Figure 3: Reaction to possibly having a smaller salary for permanent remote working

To conclude, the survey asks respondents if they are willing to take a pay cut if it meant working remotely full-time. On this, 61.42% say ‘yes’, 20.07% say ‘it depends’ and 9.21% say ‘no’.


Survey TitleSurvey on Airbnb’s Permanent Remote Working Policy
DurationMay 07 – May 14, 2021
Number of Participants50,000
DemographicsMales and females, aged 21 to 99
Participating Countries Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, China (Hong Kong) China (Macao), China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greanada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Maluritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.