As COVID-19 has spread across the globe, businesses have prudently shut down offices and moved millions of employees from corporate desks to their domestic couches. Many of us are quarantined in too-small spaces, often with our children, hopping on Zoom meetings like everything is business as usual. And it kind of is, until your kid inevitably runs into the room, cutting off your boss mid-sentence, shouting, “Poo poo!”
Work culture will need to adjust to the new normal, in which toddlers and flatulent dogs are our coworkers. It inevitably will. But until then, here are some of the worst work-from-home fails we’ve seen in the past week. They prove that, however rough your work-from-home experience has been, it could have been a lot worse.
Blame it on the roommate
Whole house WFH day 1 report: I whispered “I LOVE YOU” loudly into what turned out to be my spouse’s active meeting headset mic. ????
— Lindsay Crudele ???????? (@thelindsayist) March 12, 2020
Strange new WFH universe pillow talk is your partner saying "I agree with what you were saying in that meeting this afternoon"
— Emily Kager (@EmilyKager) March 18, 2020
Day 3 of WFH and my family started screaming while I was in a meeting and my coworker remarked: "Now I understand why you prefer to go into the office everyday."
— rimsha (@rimshutup) March 18, 2020
Unexpected partial nudity
Pro-tip: if you and your husband are both working from home, check to see if he's on a four-way video call BEFORE running past the office naked to get a towel from the linen closet. #RealStory #COVID19 #WFH https://t.co/axghUWjvs2
— Christina Kerby (@ChristinaKerby) March 13, 2020
Big WFH learning for me today.
???? Remind Ryan to put some clothes on before he goes into the bathroom first thing in the morning.
Today he walked past my team video call BUTT naked ????????♀️
SOOOOOOO FUNNY ????
— Amanda Baker (@amandahustled) March 17, 2020
First day of working from home is going great. On a video call meeting with my 2 girl teammates and my brother walks into the room with only his boxers on. Happy WFH!????
— Marissa Notaro (@xoxomarissmarie) March 16, 2020
The story of my WFH ???? pic.twitter.com/WlGNpb2ToF
— டோனி ஸ்டார்க் – Tony Stark (@psam1997) March 18, 2020
The people on this conference call don’t know, but I BARELY muted my micrphone before my dog did something I can only describe as a yell barf.
— Hand Stanitizer Horaczek (@stanhoraczek) March 18, 2020
Working from home today and my cat optioned to join me for my work meeting. She means business. pic.twitter.com/yqNQhPOQk2
— Misheal Crocker (@M_C_Crocker) March 13, 2020
First WFH meeting and my dog decides to show his ass ????????♂️
— Quan (@QuanTarantino_) March 16, 2020
just started talking to my cat in the middle of a 68-person zoom meeting—and i wasn't muted!!! send the meteor!!!!
— daniel taroy (@danieltaroy) March 16, 2020
Teleconferencing is hard
– join meeting
– unmute to speak
– washing machine starts spinning
– hurriedly get up to escape the noise
– not realise charger is plugged in
– proceed to loudly knock pint of water + cup of coffee all over *everything*
– …continue speaking calmly as if nothing happened
— ???????????????????????? (@ComethTheNerd) February 11, 2020
hashtag wfh Looks (everyone including me had their cameras turned off) pic.twitter.com/F41VcxIbnX
— that fucking bug woman again (@taxxonomic) March 18, 2020
I'm in a WFH meeting and my Google Home just answered a question someone on the video call asked, unprompted.
I nearly jumped out of my skin. pic.twitter.com/Z5Bv4coG3u
— Ashley Casperite (@missalwayswrite) October 16, 2019
Every WFH meeting so far:
"I'm sorry, you go…" "no, sorry I-" "Well what I was sayi-" "I'm sorry, were you saying something?" "Go ahead, no sorry, you go…"
*5 voices speak at once*
*suddenly no one speaks*
**SLOW PORTAL ZOOM INTENSIFIES DURING AWKWARD SILENCE**#COVID19
— Kaleb Coleman [AR/VR] (@kalebcoleman) March 11, 2020
This AM, WFH and prepping for 5 meetings:
Me: I don't have to put make-up on! Camera's pretty blurry, no one's gonna see this nose zit.
Coworker: There's something stuck to your nose. Is it food?
Me: Yes, it's a zit, let's move on.
— Philina Fan (@skyeezfalling) March 11, 2020
Don’t say “I heard email got coronavirus” in a wfh comms meeting. It does not land.
— Aaron Pobre (@aaronnotpoor) March 12, 2020
WFH Side effect:
We can no longer use "Sorry we're getting kicked out of this room" as an excuse to end a meeting on time.
— Josh Newton (@nooneswatching) March 17, 2020
— Heather DeLand (@HeatherDeLand) March 17, 2020
day 1 of WFH and i already burped on a bluejeans meeting thinking i was on mute????
— kief (@grtbarrierkief) March 16, 2020
WFH Day 3: Was in a 15 person online meeting, thought I was muted, farted really loudly………. shit ????
— Yvette Chua (@yvettemc18) March 18, 2020
Challenges of interior design
If you do WFH and have a Skype meeting, always consider if the 'art' on the wall is:
A) In shot
B) Appropriate pic.twitter.com/CqRAvCV4AF
— Gareth Barlow (@GarethBarlow) March 18, 2020
— Ramsay Jones CBE (@Ramsay59) March 18, 2020
WFH Update: We don’t really have desk/office chairs so I’ve been using this rickety folding chair, which just gave out. I tumbled cartoonishly to the floor. Thankfully, this was just prior to my morning Zoom meeting.
— Zack Mohlis (@zmohlis) March 18, 2020
The subject of every WFH Zoom meeting is actually "oh so that's where you live."
— R/GA (@RGA) March 11, 2020
I’m not losing it, you’re losing it!
— Anne (@AnnieB1456) March 17, 2020
Kids saying the darndest things
WFH diary, day 1:
???? Power went out during recording
???? Contruction workers are extra loud today
???? Daughter walked in on a meeting singing “I like banaaaaanas” at the top of her lungs
— Howard Pinsky (@Pinsky) March 13, 2020
Day 1 of mandatory #WFH while watching a sick kid: pretty good, other than my 4-y/o running into the middle of a supervision meeting yelling “DADA, I HAVE TO POOP!” Textbook “disorienting moment” pedagogy!
— Blake Reid (@blakereid) March 11, 2020
My kid just walked into my video conference, yelled "look at my penis," and hit the button on his fart machine. Working from home going really great!
— Jenna Weiss-Berman (@WBJenna) March 17, 2020