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(BBC-US)   Do you find cubicles a little too spacious? Are you tired of your telecommute cutting out the joy of riding a bus? Boy, have we got a cube for you   (bbc.com) divider line
    More: Asinine, Convenience store, Kitchen, Booths, Space, John Wilkes Booth, Coffee, similar booths, Cultural differences  
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1425 clicks; posted to Business » on 15 Apr 2021 at 1:30 AM (3 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2021-04-14 8:30:11 PM  
Back before cellular data and ubiquitous airport WiFi, there was a company that had something similar.to this in some airports.  Laptop Lane, their tag line was "Peace, Quiet, and a T-1 Line." It was expensive, like 40 bucks for an hour. Probably plenty of pr0n viewed in there.
 
2021-04-14 11:54:46 PM  
With lotion and tissues!

However, a clear door on these modern-day orgasmatrons is a bad choice.
 
2021-04-15 2:37:33 AM  
Sure, it'll be huge, like Betamax.
 
2021-04-15 2:47:18 AM  
Brimming with urine. Brimming.
 
2021-04-15 2:48:02 AM  

I_Am_Weasel: With lotion and tissues!

However, a clear door on these modern-day orgasmatrons is a bad choice.


...why? It's IRL Twitch! Everyone gets to watch, and sponsor you, and comment on your performance, and show their friends, and eat a sandwich, and...
 
2021-04-15 3:30:15 AM  

FormlessOne: Brimming with urine. Brimming.


At first I read that as "rimming with urine".
Now I'm only kind of interested.
 
2021-04-15 4:16:53 AM  
Then again, if I'm sick of my apartment, leaving it is also a hassle. Getting to the booth required a short train journey - and walking half way around a shopping centre in the tropical heat to find an entrance that opened before 10am.

That sounds attractive. Commuting to sit in a literal box. And paying by the hour for the privilege. It's the best of all worlds. COMMUTE! MAKE LESS MONEY!
 
2021-04-15 4:19:22 AM  
Working from home for 13 months straight now. Why would I leave my spacious house that I'm paying a mortgage on anyway, whether I'm here or not, to give someone a part of the money I'm making to got sit in a tuna can?

If I want a change of scenery, I relocate from my desk to the sofa. I usually do that at noon and put on the TV news in the background. Then back to my desk, or any of the three window facing tables that give me a view outside. If the weather's good, I work from the patio in the open air.

I have all my stuff at hand and I'm sure no random COVID patient has used the bathroom before me. I cut my commute time down from 1 hour to 30 seconds. My choice of music. Pants are optional. Don't have to lock and unlock devices for prying eyes or look over my shoulder for sensitive phonecalls.

Space, daylight, fresh air, convenience, privacy. I'm not paying extra to give those up.
 
2021-04-15 4:50:03 AM  
And with that article, I decided to never have a job ever again. That was nightmare fuel. I would never do that, and I would never ever have a job where someone would use those during a meeting with me. I don't even want to work for someone who considered those booths. So, fark jobs. fark ever having a job ever again.
 
2021-04-15 5:19:46 AM  

turboke: Working from home for 13 months straight now. Why would I leave my spacious house that I'm paying a mortgage on anyway, whether I'm here or not, to give someone a part of the money I'm making to got sit in a tuna can?

If I want a change of scenery, I relocate from my desk to the sofa. I usually do that at noon and put on the TV news in the background. Then back to my desk, or any of the three window facing tables that give me a view outside. If the weather's good, I work from the patio in the open air.

I have all my stuff at hand and I'm sure no random COVID patient has used the bathroom before me. I cut my commute time down from 1 hour to 30 seconds. My choice of music. Pants are optional. Don't have to lock and unlock devices for prying eyes or look over my shoulder for sensitive phonecalls.

Space, daylight, fresh air, convenience, privacy. I'm not paying extra to give those up.


while i dig where you're coming from, it reads as if you have no nagging spouse or screaming children with which to contend. those people would probably pay good bucks for a few hours silence.

me? I'd like to be the first person arrested for having sex in one of those rental cubes. go down in history. in more ways than one.
 
2021-04-15 5:37:32 AM  

sinko swimo: turboke: Working from home for 13 months straight now. Why would I leave my spacious house that I'm paying a mortgage on anyway, whether I'm here or not, to give someone a part of the money I'm making to got sit in a tuna can?

If I want a change of scenery, I relocate from my desk to the sofa. I usually do that at noon and put on the TV news in the background. Then back to my desk, or any of the three window facing tables that give me a view outside. If the weather's good, I work from the patio in the open air.

I have all my stuff at hand and I'm sure no random COVID patient has used the bathroom before me. I cut my commute time down from 1 hour to 30 seconds. My choice of music. Pants are optional. Don't have to lock and unlock devices for prying eyes or look over my shoulder for sensitive phonecalls.

Space, daylight, fresh air, convenience, privacy. I'm not paying extra to give those up.

while i dig where you're coming from, it reads as if you have no nagging spouse or screaming children with which to contend. those people would probably pay good bucks for a few hours silence.

me? I'd like to be the first person arrested for having sex in one of those rental cubes. go down in history. in more ways than one.


We were very lucky to move to a bigger before the pandemic hit. Spouse is on the phone a lot for her job so we're never in the same room working from home. I actually like it when she's working from home because we can have coffee and lunch together.

Just had the children home for three weeks because schools closed down again and other activities are very limited at the moment. Youngest was quarantined because of a high-risk contact at school so no dropping them off at my parents' because dad's an at-risk patient. It's not ideal, but I make it work. I will be glad when schools reopen after the weekend.

Still wouldn't trade it for an aquarium at the mall.
 
2021-04-15 7:52:39 AM  
If you don't like working from home, you have the wrong home or the wrong family or both.
 
2021-04-15 8:33:48 AM  
I miss having someone sitting next to me as I poop.
 
2021-04-15 8:37:06 AM  
To Americans this sounds stupid.  In places like SIngapore or Hong Kong, there is a market for this.   Consider that apartments are incredibly small - less than 500 square feet is avg.  You need to do a meeting or work and the kid and wife are home and you can't concentrate because your abode is less than the size of an American car garage.  Office is closed due to Covid or the commute to get to the office is an hour away on the bus/train and you dont want to go there. The alternatives are actually any coffee shop with an internet connection or even McDonalds (!). Those places are fine and when I lived in Hong Kong, I actually had a fair number of one-to-one meetings or took calls while at Starbucks for work.... but it can be noisy.

So, unlikley in the US, but in East Asian cities...yeah there is a market.
 
2021-04-15 12:14:35 PM  

SirEattonHogg: To Americans this sounds stupid.  In places like SIngapore or Hong Kong, there is a market for this.   Consider that apartments are incredibly small - less than 500 square feet is avg.  You need to do a meeting or work and the kid and wife are home and you can't concentrate because your abode is less than the size of an American car garage.  Office is closed due to Covid or the commute to get to the office is an hour away on the bus/train and you dont want to go there. The alternatives are actually any coffee shop with an internet connection or even McDonalds (!). Those places are fine and when I lived in Hong Kong, I actually had a fair number of one-to-one meetings or took calls while at Starbucks for work.... but it can be noisy.

So, unlikley in the US, but in East Asian cities...yeah there is a market.


This is the point.

Also, you probably are not paying for this, your company who got rid of half of the office can hand out a few memberships. The bill goes back to your work.
 
2021-04-15 12:23:35 PM  
Does it come with additional monitors and a docking port? I'm sure as f*ck not going to lug the two 21.5" monitors I use (in addition to the 14" laptop screen) to the mall so I can spend extra money to work in an upright coffin.
 
2021-04-15 1:08:28 PM  
FTFA:

Also, construction noise is inescapable in Singapore, and I'm dreading the day when builders start tearing down the building across the street, or the neighbours start to renovate their kitchen.

I live in ATL; the leaf blowers drive me nuts. It's one of the major reasons why I'm looking forward to going back to the office.
 
2021-04-15 1:25:42 PM  

SirEattonHogg: To Americans this sounds stupid.  In places like SIngapore or Hong Kong, there is a market for this.   Consider that apartments are incredibly small - less than 500 square feet is avg.  You need to do a meeting or work and the kid and wife are home and you can't concentrate because your abode is less than the size of an American car garage.  Office is closed due to Covid or the commute to get to the office is an hour away on the bus/train and you dont want to go there. The alternatives are actually any coffee shop with an internet connection or even McDonalds (!). Those places are fine and when I lived in Hong Kong, I actually had a fair number of one-to-one meetings or took calls while at Starbucks for work.... but it can be noisy.

So, unlikley in the US, but in East Asian cities...yeah there is a market.


Exactly, this is not currently, and likely never will be aimed at a western market.  But, just because it doesn't fill a need for our culture, doesn't mean it is without value somewhere else in the world.
 
2021-04-15 3:12:01 PM  

thornhill: FTFA:

Also, construction noise is inescapable in Singapore, and I'm dreading the day when builders start tearing down the building across the street, or the neighbours start to renovate their kitchen.

I live in ATL; the leaf blowers drive me nuts. It's one of the major reasons why I'm looking forward to going back to the office.


Built a room in the basement. Wood floor on decking boards, carpet, suspended acoustic ceiling, drywall, LED lighting. Wired for gigE. With the door closed, you don't know you're in a basement except for the ceiling level windows.

It is WAY quieter than I thought it would be. I am considerably more productive than in our noisy, open plan office. They are going to have to drag me back when this is over. Thankfully, they are saying not before September.
 
2021-04-15 3:52:42 PM  
Where I work they want to return full time, no flexibility, 1 person in the bathroom at a time, no break rooms, masks all day, only 2 people to an elevator, and you still have to use team meetings because the conference rooms are closed.

So, you know, it could be worse.  I'd take those stupid silly booths over that any day.
 
2021-04-15 4:23:06 PM  
I suspect Singapore is the only place in the world this could work.  In any American city those booths would be broken open and turned into shooting galleries and/or hobo toilets in a matter of hours.
 
2021-04-15 4:59:11 PM  

Flowery Twats: thornhill: FTFA:

Also, construction noise is inescapable in Singapore, and I'm dreading the day when builders start tearing down the building across the street, or the neighbours start to renovate their kitchen.

I live in ATL; the leaf blowers drive me nuts. It's one of the major reasons why I'm looking forward to going back to the office.

Built a room in the basement. Wood floor on decking boards, carpet, suspended acoustic ceiling, drywall, LED lighting. Wired for gigE. With the door closed, you don't know you're in a basement except for the ceiling level windows.

It is WAY quieter than I thought it would be. I am considerably more productive than in our noisy, open plan office. They are going to have to drag me back when this is over. Thankfully, they are saying not before September.


I just started a new 100% remote gig that should last at least another year and a half, if not longer - after more than three years of this, it's going to be one hell of a hard sell to get me back into an office other than the one I have at home.
 
2021-04-15 11:10:00 PM  

I_Am_Weasel: With lotion and tissues!

However, a clear door on these modern-day orgasmatrons is a bad choice.


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2021-04-16 2:56:10 AM  

v2micca: SirEattonHogg: To Americans this sounds stupid.  In places like SIngapore or Hong Kong, there is a market for this.   Consider that apartments are incredibly small - less than 500 square feet is avg.  You need to do a meeting or work and the kid and wife are home and you can't concentrate because your abode is less than the size of an American car garage.  Office is closed due to Covid or the commute to get to the office is an hour away on the bus/train and you dont want to go there. The alternatives are actually any coffee shop with an internet connection or even McDonalds (!). Those places are fine and when I lived in Hong Kong, I actually had a fair number of one-to-one meetings or took calls while at Starbucks for work.... but it can be noisy.

So, unlikley in the US, but in East Asian cities...yeah there is a market.

Exactly, this is not currently, and likely never will be aimed at a western market.  But, just because it doesn't fill a need for our culture, doesn't mean it is without value somewhere else in the world.


Not necessarily.
Not everyone has a house and even when they do, they may not have a quiet place. I taught an online class for adults and some people didn't have a quiet place to go. I had one student who sat in his car with the engine running (winter) using his phone to log into the class. Needless to say he couldn't read what I was writing on the board or take adequate notes. My sister works as a customer service agent. One of her coworkers has made an office in a bedroom closet in order to have a quiet place to be on the phone non stop. These booths might be handy for people who need to attend an important online meeting.
 
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