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Need a short break from a busy workday?
Here’s a collection of work memes to temporarily take your mind off all the tasks that need your attention today.
These memes take a lighthearted jab at things related to work, such as the amount of caffeine employees need to function, dealing with coworkers you don’t necessarily like, and making it through an entire work week without suffering from a nervous breakdown.
Read on and laugh out loud at these hilarious memes about work that we’ve rounded up for you. But take note: We are not responsible for the consequences of reading this article during your work hours.
1. Getting Ready for the Daily Grind
We understand that some people can only function when there’s caffeine in their system. We’re just not sure how many cups of coffee a person actually needs in the morning.
If you need this much, we won’t judge.
We don't have time to make memes because we're busy rounding them up for this post. Glad somebody made this meme.
We checked with HR on this. Apparently, you’re out of sick days, so if you have a pulse, you better be coming to work.
You know they mean well. However, you’re not there to listen to actionable steps for doing your job.
Perhaps you aren’t aware of how unqualified I am for what I do. So, this next task is going to be a piece of cake.
Let’s hope that this person’s boss isn’t into gaming. No matter how much they deny it, the signs that this employee plays on company time are obvious—at least if you know what to look for.
7. Miracles Do Happen
via Reader's Digest
Have faith. Your prayers just might be answered before the deadline.
Never discount those moments of boredom while you’re at work. They can spark your creativity and may become the starting point of something great.
Who decreed that work should last from 9 to 5, anyway? Maybe if Miss Parton sang about 10 to 2, we’d be enjoying shorter workdays now.
Does this meme sound familiar? Do you feel attacked because it perfectly describes why you’re reading this post?
Not stereotyping here, but do you recognize your role in the team based on the meme above? Do you also recognize your co-workers’ roles when you’re collaborating on a project?
Which member of the wolfpack are you?
via Digital Mom Blog
Jokes can easily go out of control, so you always need to be careful. As for me, I’d rather be the introverted co-worker. Less interaction equals less risk of offending anybody.
13. Stretched to the Limit
Do you ever feel like you are being pulled in all directions? You probably need coffee.
via Digital Mom Blog
Being able to buy basic needs is a prime motivation for getting a job. It’s also the main reason for staying at that job, regardless of suboptimal work conditions.
Adulting is hard. It’s good someone understands what you’re going through—but you still have to report for work from 9 to 5.
16. This Is Important, Too!
17. We All Make That Mistake
Unfortunately, knowing that everybody else makes this mistake doesn’t make it okay. Can I scream into my throw pillow now?
18. This Dog Works in Customer Service
This cutie’s been trained to handle irate customers. It will also call you about your car’s extended warranty.
19. We Could Use Some Improvements in the Workplace
Forget in-office pizza parties. We need something like this in the hallway, preferably right next to the water fountain.
20. Leavin' Early Today
Trying to be inconspicuous here as I side-step to the door. Please don’t look up from your memes.
21. It's All About How You Describe It
Negative self-talk is a no-no. There’s always a classier way to explain why you are not slogging all day like the rest of the population.
22. You Get Better at Hiding Your Feelings After a While
There are jobs that wither the soul. However, since you need that paycheck, you learn to bury your true feelings and clock in from 9 to 5, even though you feel dead inside.
23. You're Too Tense
Some co-workers need a chill pill. Relax—I’ll re-check my email. Oops, it seems I automatically set work emails to be sent to my spam folder.
Sorry, I guess.
24. Monday Feels
By the looks of it, even Mona Lisa dreads Mondays.
Yes, thank you very much. Now I have to spend a couple of hours composing my reply.
26. Long-Range Planning Isn't My Strong Suit
Do you draw a blank when someone asks you about your 5-year plan? You might want to check out these long-term goal examples to give you an idea of what you can do for your life and career.
27. Worker Evolution
If you ask me, this worker is evolving backwards. Have they done any research on this phenomenon?
28. These Memes Are So Relatable
I hope you’re enjoying this article. If you’ve made it this far, it’s most likely because you find the memes featured here relatable.
It’s amazing that one’s pain can be a gold mine for humor.
29. Isn't This Sabotage?
Not being paranoid here, but if you have a co-worker like this, it’s best to watch your back.
Either they’re looking to get promoted or they’re after your job (could be both).
30. Here It Comes
Do you ever feel like there’s a Formula 1 racing car behind you? That’s the work week barreling after you when you’re about to relax during the weekend.
Perhaps you have a co-worker who refuses to do their part as a member of the team. Don’t worry, a special place has been reserved for them.
Doesn’t it make you happy to see work done right? Personally, it inspires me to do better in my own job.
After looking at this meme, I’m thinking of cleaning my desk and organizing my files in alphabetical order. When I get home, I’ll probably organize the sock drawer, too. I salute you, hard workers!
33. Watch Me
Don’t mind the haters. As we always say, believe in yourself and you’ll succeed.
Sheer willpower will get you through the workday. However, we strongly suggest getting enough sleep afterwards.
34. Side Eye Reaction
Contemplating whether to obey to the order or find a way to undermine him.
This is the truest—and funniest—meme I’ve seen in ages.
You’re barking up the wrong tree, sir/ma’am. Let me call my manager for you.
Never let your workers go hungry. This is a serious threat to productivity.
Just as you leave your personal troubles at the door before you enter the workplace, you also don’t take work problems home with you. ’K, bye!
Some call it a promotion. I’m pretty sure it’s just a scam.
It doesn’t always have to be about the daily grind, hitting targets, or beating deadlines.
Seriously, we also need to focus on what makes our hearts sing. Let’s do more of whatever Pooh and his friends are doing.
41. Thank You for Sharing
Oh, the empathy. I can feel it all the way from here.
Surely a light dusting of snow isn’t enough to keep you from coming in at 9 sharp, right?
43. Cue Fake Laugh
Aha-ha-ha. Nope. Absolutely not.
44. Manifestation 101
There’s an old saying about dressing for the job you want and not for the job you currently have. That’s an example of manifesting.
Another strategy is to say out loud what kind of job you truly want. This guy passes Manifestation 101 with flying colors.
45. Realization Hits Like a Ton of Bricks
As it turns out, you’re just paying the mortgage on a vacation home. Better check with HR if you can still get a holiday off.
Stick with it, though. According to my grandpa, it builds character.
47. Reminding You to Get Back to Work
Okay, break time’s over. Get back to work, everybody. Chop-chop.
I have long suspected that meetings are power moves to remind you that someone is your superior. Emails can be used in the same way. Fortunately, you can just filter them to automatically go to the spam folder.
Your housemates don’t even miss you anymore. They just think you’re in a different time zone.
Some co-workers are crabby because they’ve missed breakfast. Try treating them to a breakfast smoothie next time and see if their mood improves.
I’m trying to work here. I function best when it’s quiet. You coming in here takes me out of the “zone.”
Okay, thanks. I’ll take it from here.
53. Hope You're Okay With That
via Work Memes
Workplaces make it sound like you’ll be given tasks that make you look heroic, but after a few weeks on the job, you learn to read between the lines.
I’ve got two main facial expressions: my RBF face and my approachable face. Unfortunately, no one has figured out which is which yet.
55. Paycheck Says Otherwise
Maybe your boss has a different way of showing their appreciation? Regardless, employees would typically notice it more if the appreciation were reflected in their payslip.
56. Holiday Mode Still On
Going on vacation gives you the chance to forget about work—at least temporarily. That’s why it’s understandable if there is a short moment of confusion the first day back.
Just make sure you remember to bring back souvenirs for your co-workers.
57. How Are Your MS Office Skills?
I love puns. Hopefully you find this one funny—it’s pretty appropriate for the Office!
58. It Doesn't Work
Typical of Bill to hide behind a tree to avoid work. Hey, Bill, come over here and finish these deliverables.
via Social Talent
Here’s a thought: Let’s find an alternate universe where it’s the other way around.
60. It's a Paradox
This meme involves a bit of philosophical musing. Which one is worse—having a job or being unemployed?
via Let's Eat Cake
What do you mean “see you tomorrow”? I thought this was just a one-time thing.
62. Busy Trying to Look Busy
Gee, I sure hope I look busy enough. See how hard I’m focusing on my task here?
63. The Secret of Survival
You can survive anything with a positive mindset. At least that’s what we’ve been told.
This meme is pure chaos. It also feels like a personal attack.
Now we know why they summon us to meetings at least three times a week, even when the agenda could have been sent via email. Give those folks who keep calling meetings a hug.
66. Before and After
via Digital Mom Blog
Nobody gets out of this unscathed—and we mean nobody.
In your head, you’re invincible. Unfortunately, your body usually has other plans.
What is it about work that drains our energy so quickly?
Getting ready for work has been equated with many things over the years. Comparing this daily routine to quicksand is one of my favorites.
Workplace Survival Tip #102. If you want a peaceful existence at work, never volunteer for anything.
You deserve a celebration.
Whoop for joy. Do cartwheels. Celebrate with everyone you know.
Remember to reward yourself for the goals you have accomplished.
71. Might as Well
Must be a truly dreary day when you start considering actually doing your job right. Is it possible to get more bored than that?
72. You Know Anyone?
I can, uh, ask around.
What an intense interview! This must be the part where the applicant is asked, “Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?”
74. Choose Only Two
Which job would you most likely choose?
Success comes to those who believe in themselves. Why not promote yourself, since you know you’re the most qualified person for the job?
Something’s off about Jake. I wonder if HR did a thorough background check before they hired him.
Refuse to be bothered by a single error. After all, nobody’s perfect.
And disregard the fact that the single error will probably cost the company a lot of money to fix.
78. Another Failed Attempt at Undertime
What, it’s only been an hour?
What am I supposed to do for the next 25,200 seconds (other than my job)?
79. Jargon on Steroids
I’m not sure if a person who can spin content like this a red flag or a green light. There’s a lot of potential, but it could go either way real fast.
80. Always Give 100%
Please take note of this. You don’t want tofail to give 100% this week.
81. The Best Way to Afford Food and Shelter
HR: I like your straightforward answer. Unfortunately, we’re looking for an entry-level applicant with 5 years’ experience in this line of work. Good luck with starvation.
Work can be overwhelming, so it’s a good idea to take a break from time to time to avoid getting too stressed out.
Hopefully, taking a few minutes to read these work memes gave you the boost you needed to tackle the next items on your to-do list.
And if you're looking for more hilarious and funny memes, be sure to check out these blog posts:
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