I'm the founder of FutureWork IQ where I spend my time assisting businesses to design digital workplaces or “offices in the cloud.” These environments enable companies to allow flexible and remote working for their teams. I also teach the digital literacy, fluency, communication and collaboration skills needed to work in these modern technology-rich workplaces.

This is a fascinating look at how digital workplaces, which now enable anywhere work, is changing what people want from their homes.

This from the NYT Seven Ways Telecommuting Has Changed Real Estate:

Office Space: “The importance of home offices has almost begun to rival the attention that buyers give to kitchens.”

Media Rooms: “Superfluous”

Apartment Design: “Lounge spaces set up as shared work areas for residents are common now in newer residential towers in New York.”

Co-living: “These communities offer tenants private bedrooms in suites with shared common areas for socializing and working.”

Mobility Rates: “If you work at home, you don’t necessarily have to move if your job moves.”

Remote Worker Friendly Suburbs: “Clients want coffee shops and cafes with free WiFi, co-working spaces.”

Moving away from major job centers: “There are people who may have delayed their relocation to Florida, but because they can work remotely, it’s enhanced their ability to move sooner.”

Work has been liberated from the traditional office building. Commuting to an office everyday is no longer necessary. Expect this mega trend to continue gaining momentum.