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35 Quarantine Conference Calls Gone Hilariously Wrong

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Since the coronavirus outbreak, more and more people are starting to work and study from the comfort of their own home. Some of them, however, are as tech-savvy as my 89-year-old grandma and are running into some problems.

It’s a good thing if your issues revolve around things like setting up your workspace and trying to find out where to plug the wires in. You spend some time googling it and take care of it. But if you can’t handle a conference call, I have some bad news for you. Not only will your colleagues make sure you remember it, they will probably tell the Internet all about your fiasco as well.

From a not-so-secret bathroom trip to a rogue potato boss, here are some of the funniest things people have recorded during their video group chats.

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7 hours ago

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However, don’t let these funny examples discourage you from video-calling your colleagues. “Most creativity is done in face-to-face environments,” Nicholas Bloom, an economics professor at Stanford University, told Vox. “It encourages you to be ambitious and motivated. Full-time at home can be pretty miserable. Most people don’t enjoy it, you know, week in week out.” 

The expert predicts that, in general, productivity will be down dramatically. “I think even if this all returns to normal, there’s going to be a long-run cost. 2020 is going to be the year of lost innovation. If you look 10 years from now, there’s going to be a hole in new patents and new products and new ideas and great inventions that just didn’t happen in 2020, 2021. Think of scientists or engineers. How can they work properly at home? They’re being sent home, but I suspect they’re really not being very constructive.”

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10 hours ago

That’s hilarious ! It would have been hard to do the meeting !

According to Bloom, the main thing we all can do to counter this is to recreate social contact, ideally using video conferencing, two ways. “For example, the whole group can meet for a 30-minute video chat at 11:00 every day to catch-up on their personal situation, chat about the news or life in general — no work talk.” For individual interactions, Bloom said that managers should aim to spend 10 minutes video-talking individually to each of their employees every morning and every afternoon. “This is time-consuming but critical for keeping employees happy and productive through the next few months.”

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9 hours ago

now try it with two cats two ferrets and three cats!

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10 hours ago

Bahaha, that’s epic. The ending made it so much better.

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8 hours ago

Is your kid Gene Belcher?

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10 hours ago

So are you a vet ?!

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10 hours ago

I always have to mute myself. When my son had a class meeting I threw a blanket over em.

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4 hours ago

HAHA

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6 hours ago (edited)

That sounds like the coolest teacher ever!! Wish my teachers were that easy going!! They are not worng though IT IS THE FUCKING APOCALYPSE!!!!

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7 hours ago

I hope your boss wasn’t mad XD

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6 hours ago

yikes

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5 hours ago

That’s a large meeting

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7 hours ago

Hilarious

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7 hours ago

Good! 😂

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7 hours ago

just like a real classroom 😀

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7 hours ago

🙄

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9 hours ago

Don’t feel bad, in many of the meetings I’ve been in, “I like banaaaaanas” would by far be the most sensible thing said.

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9 hours ago

oh no who found this out the hard way?!?!

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8 hours ago

You can raise hands and so other things on zoom so that it isn’t everyone talking at once.

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6 hours ago

Probably not 😂😂 but to be fair none of us are okay right now

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9 hours ago

when your coworkers see what your place looks like on a day to day basis haha

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8 hours ago

Wow she carried it in there , was looking at it and couldn’t figure out oh my video is still going… jeez

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40 minutes ago

Oof xd

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9 hours ago

<3

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7 hours ago

Lol.

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4 hours ago

Lol!

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6 hours ago

what else is new

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8 hours ago

Pretend a temporary connection loss and solve the problem.

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9 hours ago

TBF, she seems like someone people would antagonize.

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7 hours ago

I want him as a teacher!

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7 hours ago

What gets me about this one is that it’s being recorded with a phone camera, so it’s clearly not the first time he’s done it.

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5 hours ago

UM first of all who the fuck does that irl???!!!

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