Fun Friday: Work-from-home prompts hilarious workplace bloopers

From carrots to confused Dads

Fun Friday: Work-from-home prompts hilarious workplace bloopers

The work-from-home setup has brought about extreme changes to the workplace that every employee had to experience, with the most obvious one being forced to transition from in-person discussions to days of virtual meetings overnight.

For some it was good, for others it was bad - and for some viewers, it turned out hilarious.

The new remote setup has triggered another wave of challenges that were archived thanks to recorded meetings by some employers. Recently, New Zealand Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni was in the middle of a Zoom interview with Radio Samoa when she was interrupted by the arrival of her son - who was holding a phallic-shaped carrot before waving it to the camera.

The hilarious interaction did not stop there, as the pair wrestled over the oddly shaped carrot in the middle of the interview. The show naturally had to cut it another frame - but only made it more hysterical as the mother-and-son could still be heard in the background fighting over the carrot.

Sepuloni posted the clip on Twitter, where she said she learned to laugh over the incident eventually.

"That moment when you’re doing a LIVE interview via Zoom & your son walks into the room shouting & holding a deformed carrot shaped like a male body part," said the minister. "Yes, we were almost wrestling over a carrot on camera, and yes, I’m laughing about it now but wasn’t at the time!"

To further poke fun of the situation, she added on a follow-up tweet: "I will never buy the odd shaped carrot pack again."

Sepuloni also called out her fellow parents trying to find balance between working and parenting amid remote work.

"A big up's to all our parents working from home and parenting at the same time — I see you!"

Read more: Lighter side: Hilarious on-the-job fails

The moment is almost a reminiscent to one of the most famous work-from-home bloopers - one that happened way before remote work was the most popular setup.

In 2017, Robert Kelly, an expert on East Asian affairs, was in the middle of a Skype interview with BBC when suddenly his children came waltzing into the room.

His children, four-year-old Marion and eight-month-old James instantly became Internet stars at the time because of the moment - along with their mother and Kelly's wife Kim Jung-A, who tried to pull their children out of the room.

The incident instantly went viral, spawning out memes at the time, and is now being the ultimate reference as everyone looks back and realises that they are also experiencing what happened to Kelly.

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