Millions of people are working remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic and adjusting to the new normal is not easy. Between kids running around, working in close quarters and unpredictable pets, it is only a matter of time until people experience a #WorkFromHomeFail. Luckily people are sharing the hilarious reality of their new remote work life with lighthearted content, entertaining tweets and memes that remind us, we are not alone in this struggle. Who can’t relate to a screaming kid in the background or a pet popping up on your video conference? In short, if you are looking for a little humor or a laugh during this tough time, our favorite work from home memes and fails should help. So, here are some of the best we’ve come across.
Guess What, You’re Not on Mute
Whether kids are screaming in the background or you went to the bathroom when you thought you were on mute, you’re not alone. Let’s face it, we’ve all been in that dreadful situation when you forgot to put yourself on mute. These work from home memes might hit a little too close to home for some of you.
So today I didn’t realize I was off mute and told the Democratic Caucus (including a couple recent presidential candidates) that “…mommy is working honey, please go potty and wash your hands then mommy will come downstairs.” How’s your working from home going? 🤦🏻♀️
— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) March 25, 2020
When you’re on a video conference call and you overhear your 3-year-old yelling “MY PEE IS GOING EVERYWHERE" pic.twitter.com/cRcywbB0Tm
— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) January 11, 2018
We may or may not just have had a video conference call going on in this home where a small child could be plainly heard in the background yelling "MUM, COME WIPE MY BUM"
— Louisa 🌈👭 (@LouisatheLast) March 20, 2020
The Struggle is Real: Remote Work & Parenting
Take a deep breath, homeschooling is not for the faint of heart. In other words, we know this work from home and homeschooling situation you’ve found yourself in is tough. Here are some of our favorite kids getting into the work from home spirit.
Working from home is an extreme sport for people that have kids 😂 pic.twitter.com/X6upd3q5du
— DIMZ | OMO IYA TAILOR👑🦁 (@Obadimz) March 21, 2020
— Melody Mendez NBC10 Boston (@MelodyNBCBoston) March 30, 2020
When you work from home, it means that the kids are trying to emulate you. 🥰 pic.twitter.com/LGyWq8vzki
— Meng To (@MengTo) April 4, 2020
Conference call pro 🥰 pic.twitter.com/5fbnBjVZDd
— Dr Claire Pottage (@PottagePower) April 4, 2020
When Video Meetings Go Wrong
Video conferencing is great for remote work, but sometimes it can catch you off guard. Just check out some of these video conferencing fails.
Behind every successful woman is an unsuccessful man not wearing any pants:pic.twitter.com/GZsKPsXhub
— Joshua Self-QuaRayntine (@joshuaray) March 24, 2020
My cat smacked me across the face during the all-staff video conference call, how’s your day going?
— Brian PJ Cronin (@brianpjcronin) March 30, 2020
When someone requests a video conference while everyone is in their work from home attire. pic.twitter.com/L8lO9fu3Ew
— Abby Scholl (@ascholl14) March 30, 2020
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
Let’s face it some people just weren’t cut out to be great multitaskers. The past few weeks, people have been getting a little cocky about how much they can multitask while working from home. These working from home memes and tweets show what can happen when multitasking goes awry.
Today’s conference call mishap. On a conference call and had to excuse myself before the fire alarm went off. 😬 pic.twitter.com/nys9V6XNoh
— Tina Penman (@TinaTheAuD) February 27, 2017
I turned on my shower today & FORGOT ABOUT IT because I sat down at my computer where I was remote working. I think 2 hours passed but I am not sure how long cause I don’t know exactly when I turned it on. I got up to go get a soda & heard it. #omfg #stuckathome #remoteworkfail
— LiveLaughLove ✨ (@DeniseBarkhurst) March 17, 2020
Since working from home, I become better at multitasking.
For example, we had a conference call meeting and when I dialed in, I went on mute and showered throughout the duration of the call (27 minutes to be exact).
I would turn off the water whenever I had to speak lol
— AndreaGisselle (@AndreaGissellee) April 2, 2020
Work From Home Geniuses
While we’ve seen plenty of mishaps that have turned into working from home memes, some people have this remote working life down to a science. There just might be a few things you can learn from these next posts.
— Nadia Z-C 🇨🇦 (@JustNadiaZ) March 31, 2020
Q: How’s working from home with kids going? pic.twitter.com/hNvMlHBJc9
— Jill Zeman Bleed (@jzbleed) March 31, 2020
With everyone working from home, and kids not in school, I had to find a fun way to communicate to my new, shorter coworkers, when it's free to bother me. Here's what I did, https://t.co/oBsAs8x11S So far, so good. pic.twitter.com/4l0E4qbqxR
— Todd Klindt – Quarantine hair, don't care (@ToddKlindt) March 31, 2020