Media mogul Barry Diller says working from home is a ‘crock’

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Media mogul Barry Diller admits working from home is a “crock” as employees at his travel-booking site Expedia are reluctant to return to the lavish $900 million headquarters the company built in 2019.

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The billionaire president of Expedia and IAC — the owner of People, The Daily Beast, and Travel & Leisure — is fed up with employees who don’t want to work from the office, not to mention breathtaking Expedia’s new 40-acre campus in Seattle. . views of Puget Sound, he told the Skift Global Forum on Tuesday.

The campus is so beautiful that 1.6 acres along the waterfront are open to the public.


Expedia’s headquarters were completed in late 2019, and the company’s 4,500 employees were moving to new jobs when the pandemic hit.

Now Expedia is trying to bring its employees back to the office, which was designed to replicate the amenities of a luxury hotel.

Billionaire Barry Diller is fed up with employees who don’t want to work from the office.
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Barry Diller wearing a clear face mask.
Barry Diller is the president of Expedia and IAC, which owns media brands including People, Better Homes & Gardens and Food & Wine.
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According to the Seattle Times, there are cappuccino machines and fridges with healthy snacks every few hundred feet, a full-service cafe, soundproof phone booths, and Wi-Fi-enabled rocks.

Expedia began recalling employees to the office in May with a mandate to spend “half their time” at headquarters.

Diller says the hybrid work-from-home model was “imposed” on his companies by other tech companies and his management team told him that the five-day work week would result in a mass defection of employees.

Interior of Expedia Headquarters with bridges over the water.
Expedia Headquarters was completed shortly before the pandemic hit.
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Work location at Expedia's headquarters.
Expedia is asking its employees to spend half their time working from the office.
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He said he is not happy about the policy, which is partly informed by employee surveys about what people think about working from home rather than coming to the office, he said.

Diller said at the convention, “sitting at the laptop computer at the dining room table” is “stupid.”

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