Later today, official figures will reveal how productive UK businesses are, and, ahead of the findings being released, the BBC sent reporter Sean to Liverpool to investigate robots which have been developed in order to increase efficiency and productivity.
However, he had some trouble getting a Cobot – a robot designed to work alongside workers to execute simple, repetitive tasks – to function properly.
Trying to demonstrate how the machine could aid productivity, Sean failed to get it to perform the task of picking up a small object and move it to another position, apologising to viewers as he admitted: "It's nearly idiot-proof, but I'm unfortunately too much of an idiot at the moment to do it."
Giggling in embarrassment, he handed back to Dan Walker, 40, and Louise Minchin, 49, in the BBC Breakfast studio, begging: "Dan, Louise, quick!"
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"You're asking me to save you but it's too late," she laughed at the awkward live gaffe.
Later the show returned to Liverpool, giving Sean another chance to showcase the robot's abilities.
The second time around, the presenter successfully managed to perform the demonstration, before wrapping up his broadcast, concluding: "I managed to nail the Cobot, got it working doing exactly what I wanted.
"You can see why, with a bit of effort, we can all become more productive over a morning's work," he joked.
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Dan called Sean blunder 'miserably pathetic'
Louise giggled in shock as Dan realised he may have been too 'harsh'
"Sean that is a very positive way of looking at it because it was so miserably pathetic earlier on and now it's a smooth operation," Dan laughed. "The joy on your face that it was working perfectly was wonderful to see."
Louise burst into giggles, exclaiming: "Didn't you call him 'miserably pathetic'?"
"It was a bit harsh," her co-star admitted. "I think I might have gone overboard a little bit there."
"That was a bit mean, to be honest with you," she scolded, while Dan laughed guiltily: "He looked hurt."
BBC Breakfast airs weekdays at 6am on BBC One.