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Airbnb should act as inspiration for us all

News you want to use week 21

Airbnb for everyone conference

When Airbnb chief executive Brian Chesky announced in early May that he had to lay off a quarter of his workforce, he offered an unusual severance benefit. In a 1,694-word note to employees, posted shortly thereafter on the company’s blog, Chesky said he wanted to help departing employees find new jobs by launching an opt-in “alumni talent directory,” with profiles, résumés and work samples. As part of the placement effort, he also promised that Airbnb would redeploy a “significant portion” of its recruiters to spend the rest of the year helping 1,900 laid-off employees find a new place to work.

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