Workplaces and offices are their own ecosystems. And, frankly, it can be a real jungle in there, dear Pandas. Among the forests of cubicles and the plains of open-space hot desks, in between the towering water coolers and coffee machine islands, you’ll find the natives. They’re industriously typing away on keyboards and working so hard, they’re making their mice squeak. They’ve exchanged cozy bonfires and the sounds of nature for warmly-glowing screens and headphones full of strange sounds. And they look a lot like you and me.

Office life comes with its own quirks, jokes, dreams, and even nightmarish problems to tackle. Anyone who’s ever worked in one knows that there are just as many bizarre cons as there are pros. But what would any workplace be without any humor? We thought we’d bring a smile to your face, so today we’re featuring the popular ‘Employee Tears’ Instagram project and its relatable work memes.

Quite a few of these had me giggling so hard, I had to excuse myself and be alone for a few minutes because of how close they hit to home. Grab yourself a big cup of coffee, a donut or two (or a healthier option if there are any around!), and have a see for yourselves, Pandas. Don’t forget to upvote the memes you liked the most and be sure to share them with your friends. Preferably during work hours so they can catch a break!

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River Webb
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7 months ago

or the good old f u

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Auntriarch
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7 months ago

Snort-laugh!

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James016
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7 months ago

It was definitely a printer

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Last week, I spoke to cloud engineer and data analytics consultant Kierra about switching careers, figuring out if we need a fresh start, and how we should view job satisfaction.

The expert, who helps people pivot into new roles, told Bored Panda that employees should think about changing careers "when they’re bored, feel like they’re undervalued, or feeling like work is causing their mental/physical health to suffer."

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Chucky Cheezburger
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7 months ago

A-forking-men... This makes it harder to set actual, realistic goals for people that want to have a life beyond working.

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Chucky Cheezburger
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7 months ago

Appreciation is best shown through compensation...

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River Webb
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7 months ago

skip the olive oil, that person needs to be in pain

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"I think it’s rare to feel certain [about career change], especially when your financial stability is on the line but it’s important that you always advocate for yourself, even when it might not feel 'great,'" Kierra noted that it’s difficult to know if your decision to switch jobs is objectively right. However, you have to do what feels right for you, even if things seem scary.

Kierra said that open and regular communication and consistently checking in with employees is what managers should aim for. 

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SentimentAndBadJokes
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7 months ago

Does this violate any laws? Just out of interest

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the child
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7 months ago

found it https://www.boredpanda.com/stolen-office-lunch-shrimp-fried-rice-zak-toscani/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic

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the child
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7 months ago

precisely

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"Asking at least biweekly will allow them to learn how each individual on their team works and what is important to them in their career. This can help the manager to adjust what goals and tasks the people they manage should work on… to get the best out of their role and to maximize their career,” she told Bored Panda.

In Kierra’s opinion, job satisfaction is very subjective. However, things like a higher salary can help motivate workers to do better. 

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River Webb
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7 months ago

or having a meeting when it can be settled via email

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River Webb
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7 months ago

or free bananas

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River Webb
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7 months ago

hi Rachel, I have lost control over my life. Cancel everything

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"Most would probably say money [increases job satisfaction] since it’s needed for survival, but there are many people who are out there doing what they love even though it might not pay well. In reality, I think people want to work a job where they feel appreciated and heard in all aspects (from career goals, innovative ideas, compensation, etc)," she said.

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Nicola Roberts
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7 months ago

yep

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Thinker Dell
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7 months ago

And when the whole house is burning, they ask you why didn't you say something earlier. When you say you did, they ask you for e-mail proofs. Then they make you admit the whole thing was your fault.

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Abhinc
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7 months ago

Europe has not let its market economy become a market society, where market forces control other areas of society such as education, health, and wages. We built nations on moral values like national solidarity and respect. In the US you have to step on each other's head to survive ...

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The expert added that managers and the companies themselves ought to be the ones helping motivate their employees and keeping them interested in their jobs in the long run.

"Perhaps one should try to find roles where there’s lots of opportunity for growth and internal transfer in the event you would like to try something else," she mentioned what the employees can do themselves.

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Al Cook
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7 months ago

No matter what your salary, I think we'd all agree with this!

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Abhinc
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7 months ago

you're way cooler than me !! i would have said one a week

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Sowieso
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7 months ago

Recognizable at times.

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So, dear Pandas, which of these work and office memes were your favorite ones? Have you ever worked in an office? If so, what were your most and least favorite parts about the whole thing? Let us know in the comments. Meanwhile, if you’re in the mood for some more memes about work, you can check out Bored Panda’s articles here, here, and here.

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LAWLAWLAW
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7 months ago

I cannot agree with this more

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Valisbourne Spiritforge
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7 months ago

Haha, the whole 'commitment to working' thing. I work with a guy who spends 16 - 20 hours a day at work. He's SO proud of it and thinks the company likes it too (I'm sure they do). Sadly, if he'd just shut his mouth and stop socializing, he'd get everything he does all day done in about 4 - 5 hours and be a happier person.

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DUN DUN
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7 months ago

"A woman can hope..."

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Piet Puk
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7 months ago

Republicans, most likely.

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Abhinc
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7 months ago

i don't remember all the details but i read once the story of a guy who didn't get a job because he hadn't enough experience. they were requesting something like 10 years of experience on a software HE created like 6/7 years ago ... did anybody say unrealistic expectations ??

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CLG
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7 months ago

Leaving them isn't the problem, it's the finding a new one.

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Abhinc
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7 months ago

well ... thanks to social laws protecting employees in europe you could have 6 paid weeks of holidays a year ...

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Auntriarch
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7 months ago

I got bollocked by the manager of the other office for not recognising him on the phone and asking for his name. The reason I didn't recognise him was that I had only started that morning, being a temp while the usual secretary was on leave. But he didn't recognise that I wasn't her... And yes, for the whole month I asked him his name, every day. Because my job was to transfer calls to the person I was actually working for with the name of the caller, not to pander to the inflated egos of twats

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Serial pacifist
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7 months ago

Ok, who's daddy? I would like to be the grandpa who sits in the armchair and watches TV all day.

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River Webb
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7 months ago

ride or die is the mentality that almost every company has

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TitanFoxX
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7 months ago

Yes, but people who respond quickly also want it of their todo list. You are not the only one who is busy. Besides, you have no idea how much time people already wasted before their email reached you :-)

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Al Cook
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Actually that's not true in most places. Though there are legally mandated holiday accruals in most permanent jobs, the actual dates you take off must be agreed at the company's discretion.

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troufaki13
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7 months ago

They also offer you a chance to look at their brand new super expensive sports car

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SykesDaMan
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7 months ago

All of them (the professions)?

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rspanther
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7 months ago

That's the same look I give the when the boss says do it this way and you saying it won't work, and surprise it doesn't work.

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River Webb
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7 months ago

we need something to fuel our nightmares

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Ozacoter
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7 months ago

That reminds me to the place where I worked for the first time. When I left they were demanding a master in biology/vet, fluent spanish and english and minimum 6m experience for free internships!

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Mohsie Supposie
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7 months ago

OUCH! I totally felt that one!

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Al Cook
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7 months ago

I think its safe to say, everyone of working age in an office environment, has done this AT LEAST once. Some people I know seem to make it part of their daily routine!

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Al Cook
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7 months ago

Sorry, I love Excel.

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Andy Acceber
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7 months ago

Yep. I once had a woman go on an absolute tirade that our private business didn't have a Christmas tree in the lobby. It was the weirdest complaint, but she was livid.

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Ozacoter
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7 months ago

I got in trouble for using popcorn instead of raisins to fill one toy for our primates. Popcorn was allowed dont get me wrong, but that toys description said raisins so my f****d up coworker (who tought that was my boss) made a huge issue out of it. The toy was just a log with small holes in it to hide food. You could theoretically put anything that fits inside, from seeds to peanut butter. But no, the example said raisins so I am a monster for puting something else.

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Ryan Deschanel
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7 months ago

And then, you remember it means you are now unemployed and broke... And your secret snacks were still in your drawer.

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mulk
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7 months ago

Best Idea ever

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River Webb
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7 months ago

I'd rather eat a whole bus

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Nor
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7 months ago

You're my hero

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River Webb
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7 months ago

a banana? just what I wanted!

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River Webb
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7 months ago

quick! delete the boredpanda tab!

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Chucky Cheezburger
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7 months ago

Jeez gawd I feel this so damn much....I dont CARE about whatever the hell you're yammering about Just please Shut. The. Fork. UP!!!!!

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WilvanderHeijden
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7 months ago

I always gave them 150%. 30% per day.

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DUN DUN
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7 months ago

Insert the Smile in pain sticker

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River Webb
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7 months ago

you wish

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