Hate Your Co-Workers? Get A Bubble Desk

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Work presents many problems for workers -- among them is sharing space with some people you'd probably prefer to avoid. There may be a solution. A new product called the "bubble desk," designed by the French firm of Christian Pottgiesser, allows office workers to enclose themselves at their workstations, reports Britain's Daily Mail.

The design is basically a plexiglass dome that envelops a desk. The bubble desks are meant to reduce workers' exposure to two of the worst things floating around them -- germs and office banter. The bubble desk already has established itself in the French capital, according to the British newspaper, and the offices of Pons, the publisher, and Huot, the tool storage firm, are among its early adopters.

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Just what is driving the need for bubble desks? A post on MSN ascribed this new workplace trend as particular to French culture. "It's been firmly established that the French are, well, haters," the post reads. "So it makes perfect sense that they'd be the ones to invent the bizarrely ingenious 'bubble desk.' "

But simply writing off the trend as just the latest in a line of French fads like wine, cheese and escargots may be too easy. Social disorders are found in workplaces far beyond the Pyrenees Mountains. As has been reported by AOL Jobs, the incidence of psychopathy among CEOs may be be four times that of the population at large, according to research by British journalist Jon Ronson.

Still, the Daily Mail notes that the desks are intended as a compromise between the drive for isolation and the need for collaboration in the workplace. The cubicles that became popular in offices of the 1980s "offered privacy but no visibility or sense of connection." But the bubble desk provides the same privacy while also allowing office employees to put in a day's work in a communal space.

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do they have a portable one?

February 06 2013 at 7:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I like the concept but not the design. This would be great for people who are on the phone for their job all day. it can be distracting to be on the phone with a customer while the person in 3 cubicles down has to raise their voice for the hearing impaired person they are trying to help

February 06 2013 at 6:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Too claustrophobic for me. Could not handle it.

February 06 2013 at 4:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Looks like there is no talking to other workers.Next they will add potties so they won't have to get up to use the restroom.

February 06 2013 at 3:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There appears to be some kind of floor with trees growing through it. The people must feel like they are half buried.

The office workers must be actors because everyone knows only L1 and H1B visa workers from South East Asia are allowed to work in the office due to Global outsourcing.

February 06 2013 at 3:44 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

that video makes me feel sad more than anything.
maybe if Milton got one he wouldnt have to keep an eye on his Swingline lol

February 06 2013 at 3:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why the trees or shrubs ?? you may as well work outdoors , air is fresher there!

February 06 2013 at 3:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I understand they are having trouble with direct sunlight setting people on fire .

February 06 2013 at 12:24 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Back in the early 60's the offices had the desks lined up next to each other without any partitions or space between them. It was awful. No privacy. No room to breath. You did become an expert at tuning out distractions though.

February 05 2013 at 11:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to rudniski136's comment

Back in the 60\'s there was no visas workers displacing people at the office.

February 06 2013 at 4:17 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Mr. David J Knee

Doesn't really create privacy. If I had a cubical I would want it to be able to shield me from my coworkers visually.

February 05 2013 at 7:49 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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