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That’s a wrap: the best work moments of 2020

Published 22 Dec 2020
4 min read

Stick a fork in us, we’re DONE with 2020. We couldn’t be more excited to call it quits on this year, which has made life and work more challenging than we could have ever imagined. 2020 dumpster fire caught in flood

Accurate.

As the world settled into a new way of life, there was always bound to be some mishaps amongst the upheaval. Working from home often led to a hilarious, and sometimes very NSFW, look into the domestic lives of regular employees around the world. So before we throw this year overboard (push it out to sea, feed it to a hungry shark, any other nautical punishments), we’re looking back at our favourite work moments of 2020 – the year that made pants at meetings optional.  

Working from home fashion

This is the year that we all got a little too personal.

  If we were wearing pants, they were almost certainly of the track variety. Around the world, trackpant sales soared in 2020. While clothing sales dropped by 79% in the US, sales of trackpants increased by 80%, with some brands seeing a 1000% increase in pants purchases. If you need any further proof that hell has actually frozen over, US Vogue Editor Anna Wintour even showed off her Zoom trackpants look on Instagram in April.

 

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Potato Boss

From couch potato to actual potato, 2020 gave many professionals a fast-tracked education on using video conferencing and it didn’t always go to plan. A favourite viral moment of the year, manager Lizet Ocampo downloaded a potato face filter to her Microsoft Teams but didn’t know how to de-spud for her morning meeting. “We had a great laugh and proceeded with the meeting,” she told Junkee. “Meanwhile I’m trying to figure out what is going on. I turn off the camera a few times. I end up giving up and just finished the rest of the meeting as a potato.”

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Dogs working from home

2020 was the year in which our doggo overlords took their rightful place at the top of the corporate ladder. In late March Melbourne brand manager and national hero Mark Polchleb set up the Dogs Working from Home instagram account, accepting submissions of boss dogs snapped while working. “While we’re all losing our minds, our dogs are just wondering y t f they suddenly just scored us being home all day,” he captioned his first post. Now with a following of over 97k, the account has been a source of joy and inspiration for professionals and pooches alike. We can once again confirm that dogs are too pure for this world.

They may be harder to dress up in professional outfits, but we also have to give a shoutout to all the hard-working cats out there. We see you.

 

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Interesting home decor

Art and style can be subjective things. What some might find a tranquil and homely scene, others might find…distracting.

Likewise, novelty glass and kitchenware will appear from time to time. It’s important to stay hydrated while working.  

 

Kids making their presence known

Are parents the real MVPs of lockdown? We bow down to the mums and dads that held down work whilst homeschooling and parenting. It seems there was no end to the *precious* moments this year.

Put on your out of office and call it a year everyone.     Happy holidays from the Employment Hero team. Why not make remote working more seamless in 2021? Our HR and payroll tools can help you manage your people from anywhere. Book a demo with our small business specialists today. Book a demo of Employment Hero

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