A new work culture shifting toward more flexible work arrangements and allowing employees to work from home is forcing a redesign of housing. New homes will have to respond to make at home work comfortable.

39% of new home shoppers work at home at least one day per week. Almost 25% of shoppers born in the 1960s and 1970s work at home at least three days per week. This shift in work and home life has created a huge opportunity for home builders, since most resale homes were not designed with this demand in mind.

E-commuting, formerly known as telecommuting, has exploded over the last 10 years, enabled by new technologies. E-commuting allows workers to avoid long commute times, save on gas, work in remote locations, and have more flexibility during the day. Some employers view e-commuting as a way to attract more talented people and save on overhead costs.

E-commuting will increase with further technology advancements, worsening traffic, and the pronounced shift in generational attitudes discussed in our book titled Big Shifts Ahead: Demographic Clarity for Businesses.

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