It's human to make mistakes. But that doesn't mean we can't laugh at them!

The subreddit r/onejob is an online community based on funny occupation mishaps — like, installing the stairs upside-down or being unable to hold a straight line when marking the road — and it's the official depository for the classic "You Had One Job!" posts.

So let's continue scrolling and have a nervous laugh looking at the examples of why AI will probably overtake us in the workforce. Yay!

For more similar pics, check out Bored Panda's earlier publications on the subreddit here and here!

#1

Ah Yes, I Must Be A Zombie To Be Filling Out This Insurance Application

Ah Yes, I Must Be A Zombie To Be Filling Out This Insurance Application

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Something
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3 months ago

Conclusion: accidents have a 0% mortality rate.

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#2

Jesus Is Working Hard Today

Jesus Is Working Hard Today

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Mihai Mara
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3 months ago

Hail Jesus, I'm a believer!

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It's sometimes hard to tell if the people responsible for the mess in these photos have caused it due to their lack of experience, on purpose, or because of some force majeure.

One of the UK's highest-rated life coaches who has coached psychologists, doctors, therapists, neuroscientists as well as athletes, celebrities, and high net-worth individuals, Nick Hatter, told Bored Panda there can be a number of reasons why people feel unmotivated. "What differentiates us from an animate object (like a rock) is the fact that we have certain needs that must be met by our environment if we are to be psychologically healthy," the author of The 7 Questions said.

"According to the Humans Givens model of psychotherapy, we all have a need for quality sleep, connection, belonging, self-esteem, a sense of competency, meaning and purpose, autonomy (a sense of control), a sense of status, as well as financial security (given that money buys us essentials such as food, utilities, and shelter). We also need some fun and laughs!"

#3

Two Teams Of Builders Building A Bike Lane “On The Right Hand Side” (Mariupol, Ukraine)

Two Teams Of Builders Building A Bike Lane “On The Right Hand Side” (Mariupol, Ukraine)

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2WheelTravlr
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3 months ago

They were both "right"!

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#4

Then What Does It Do?

Then What Does It Do?

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Robert T
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3 months ago

Expensive paperweight.

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With that said, here are a few reasons why Hatter thinks we can stop caring about our job:

  • A lack of belonging (eg. cliques, bullying, politics);
  • Feelings of incompetency (such as by poor management);
  • Not having enough meaning and purpose in the job (eg. by not being challenged enough, or management not being clear on why the company mission matters so much, internal politics); 
  • Not having enough autonomy;
  • Not feeling valued and respected;
  • Need for financial security not being met;
  • Need for a sense of status not being met;
  • Any other fundamental human needs not being met;
  • Prolonged states of stress (caused by crushing work schedules and continuous pressure).
#5

Somewhere In Australia Maybe

Somewhere In Australia Maybe

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Mihai Mara
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3 months ago

bats love these stairs.

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#6

Have A Good Die!

Have A Good Die!

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Liam Farranree
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3 months ago

Guerilla advertising for the next Bond movie

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If you're concerned about your situation, it might be a good idea to have an honest and frank conversation with your manager to discuss how you can get these needs met. "A good manager will have some coaching skills and will respect your feelings," Nick Hatter pointed out, "They could help you formulate and agree upon a plan to help you thrive and perform well at the company. A bad manager however will poo-poo your feelings and invalidate them."

But if your doubts are really crushing you, Hatter says you should probably think about who you are showing up to work for. "Are there people who depend on you, such as clients, customers, animals, or dependents? Being needed by others is one way we can derive more meaning. For example, certain professions like nursing can be thankless, extremely hard work, and underpaid, but many patients would die or be even iller if it was not for their work. To quote Nietzche: 'He who has a why can bear almost any how.'"

Sometimes, you might be in a good place after all. Maybe it's just burnout and all you needed is a bit of time off and relaxation. "A holiday, a staycation, or a bit fun can be what's necessary to spark motivation," Hatter added. "Chronic states of stress and anxiety can be what's zapping our motivation and our creativity."

#7

Found This Gem

Found This Gem

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wifeofweasley
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3 months ago

Captian *Italy*

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#8

The Person Making The Sign Was Probably Smoking

The Person Making The Sign Was Probably Smoking

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TmKhr
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3 months ago

So much smoke you can swim in it

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"If you struggle to rekindle motivation at work, then it might be time to leave and find something else life is too short to be doing unfulfilling work," Hatter said. "You might benefit from working with a career or life coach if you need help with motivation."

However, if you can't afford to do so, books can also guide you along the way. Nick Hatter's The 7 Questions (due Jan 2022), for example, is a good start.

"[Please consider that] motivation to even get out of bed or show up for life may be a sign of depression and may require the help of a therapist or a coach trained in psychotherapeutic approaches," Nick highlighted.

If you're unsure what to do next, he suggests asking yourself, 'What's the next smallest step I can take?'

"Small steps are how mountains are climbed, whether that mountain is finding a new job or starting your own company," the life coach said.

#9

"Do Not Double Stack"

"Do Not Double Stack"

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Potatogamers2
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3 months ago

Well, they didn't DOUBLE stack it!

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#10

Why Stamp The Expiration Date On The Bag When You Can Just Mark The Bun Directly?

Why Stamp The Expiration Date On The Bag When You Can Just Mark The Bun Directly?

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beastmachine.
Community Member
3 months ago

Not bad if it's edible ink, helps save plastic.

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#11

The Cement Do Be Vibin Though

The Cement Do Be Vibin Though

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2WheelTravlr
Community Member
3 months ago

Well, it doesn't say "Crack-Proof".

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#12

Just A Coffee For Me

Just A Coffee For Me

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Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
3 months ago

You scream We all scream For ice cream (Remember Down by Law?)

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#13

My Venus Fly Trap Is Getting Fired

My Venus Fly Trap Is Getting Fired

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Dynein
Community Member
3 months ago

The "lashes" are still on the inside - that's what the trap of a newly emerged leaf looks like. Give it another day or two and the trap will have finished developing, with the "lashes" pointing outwards and the trap wide open. Fun fact: Venus fly-traps are actually more likely to catch grasshoppers and spiders, and other arthropods that crawl more than they fly.

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#14

Vegan Lasagne….

Vegan Lasagne….

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Monday
Community Member
3 months ago

So they put the vegan logo on the regular lasagne?

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#15

Hurts So Good

Hurts So Good

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DDmaybeandor
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3 months ago

I feel ill looking at this.

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#16

The Store Be Like: Stonks

The Store Be Like: Stonks

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troufaki13
Community Member
3 months ago

The sales are over

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#17

Literally At My School, It’s Infuriating

Literally At My School, It’s Infuriating

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Neil Bidle
Community Member
3 months ago

I'd have to fix that

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#18

I Don't Know!

I Don't Know!

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Neil Bidle
Community Member
3 months ago

No. Definitely no

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#19

Quantum Stairs

Quantum Stairs

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Michelle M
Community Member
3 months ago

Stairs to a parallel universe eh?

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#20

Ah Yes Vovid 19

Ah Yes Vovid 19

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Serial pacifist
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3 months ago

The inside looks scarier than the spelling.

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#21

I Just.... When That.... How?

I Just.... When That.... How?

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Goth Nurse
Community Member
3 months ago

They took the fire and stored it in the truck. Problem solved! Just wondering where they will dump it?

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#22

It Is Always Useful To Have A Small Terrace

It Is Always Useful To Have A Small Terrace

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TmKhr
Community Member
3 months ago

Video games have taught me that there's an entrance to a secret level

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#23

(New) (Unopened)

(New) (Unopened)

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Aman Varkkey
Community Member
3 months ago

The no of fake ads online is just ridiculous.

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#24

Really, UPS?

Really, UPS?

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Mihai Mara
Community Member
3 months ago

UPS driver was like: "OK, I will not bend over when delivering it. Noted."

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#25

Thinking Of An "I" Animal Was Too Hard

Thinking Of An "I" Animal Was Too Hard

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Kira Okah
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3 months ago

Iguana?

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#26

Ah Yes I Too Have Two Tounges

Ah Yes I Too Have Two Tounges

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Potatogamers2
Community Member
3 months ago

Tounges

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#27

So Do I Go Left?

So Do I Go Left?

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Caffeinated Hedgehog
Community Member
3 months ago

The sign means start leaning like Michael Jackson

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#28

Thanks Dunks

Thanks Dunks

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Downunderdude
Community Member
3 months ago

All things must pass...

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#29

China Looks A Little Odd

China Looks A Little Odd

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K Witmer
Community Member
3 months ago

A message from Xi

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#30

I Swear I Wasn’t Drinking- It’s The Road That Was Drunk!

I Swear I Wasn’t Drinking- It’s The Road That Was Drunk!

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
3 months ago

Had to swerve for that pedestrian, but I got him in the end.

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#31

On This 4 Pack Of Yogurts

On This 4 Pack Of Yogurts

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Michelle M
Community Member
3 months ago

Fortunately/unfortunately, most people won't notice

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#32

How Hard Is It To Mess This One Up?

How Hard Is It To Mess This One Up?

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troufaki13
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3 months ago

And they're probably not even separated underneath :/

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#33

Just... Why?

Just... Why?

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Liam Farranree
Community Member
3 months ago

My idea for a Batman villain- "The Infuriator" he roams Gotham at night slightly altering patterns and designs in a way that's bound to infuriate anyone who sees it, now the Batman must face his greatest challenge, trying to navigate a city whose perpetually irritated population is balanced on a knife edge and ready to snap at the slightest provocation.

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#34

These Guys Must Read A Lot Of Comic Books

These Guys Must Read A Lot Of Comic Books

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Serial pacifist
Community Member
3 months ago

Another Batman's prank.

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#35

What Were The Instaler Thinking While Instaling This

What Were The Instaler Thinking While Instaling This

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MarioRossi
Community Member
3 months ago

Spelling. They were thinking about spelling.

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#36

Opened My Can Of Chickpeas And Found Kidney Beans Instead

Opened My Can Of Chickpeas And Found Kidney Beans Instead

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Jack Porter
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3 months ago

ANYONE MISSING ANY KIDNEYS

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#37

“F̶l̶e̶x̶i̶b̶l̶e̶”

“F̶l̶e̶x̶i̶b̶l̶e̶”

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Robert T
Community Member
3 months ago

Loving the irony that the break was right on the word "flexible"

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#38

Installed The Hob Boss

Installed The Hob Boss

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Liam Farranree
Community Member
3 months ago

The Hobgoblin strikes again!

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#39

This Was A Fun Surprise

This Was A Fun Surprise

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Lee The Thespian
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3 months ago

This hurts me in ways I never thought possible

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#40

So Close, Yet So Far

So Close, Yet So Far

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Laura Watts
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3 months ago

Ahhh T-shirt's for cheaters

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#41

Ah! The Mighty Cool Dcuk!

Ah! The Mighty Cool Dcuk!

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Hannah Edwards
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3 months ago

Dcuk looks distressed. Poor dcuk.

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#42

How Does This Even Happen

How Does This Even Happen

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2BX
Community Member
3 months ago

That's a shellfish cracker

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#43

I Think The Designers Were On Meth

I Think The Designers Were On Meth

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Rissie
Community Member
3 months ago

The installer. You have to place this 90 degrees from the front. Still incredibly ugly design

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#44

Missed Their Mark

Missed Their Mark

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Emerald Joanna
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Actually the plaster is positioned exactly where the injection SHOULD have gone...that injection has been given about a centimetre too high (and as someone who's given a lot of injections, it's easy not to see where you've just given it if it doesn't bleed a little bit!)

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#45

Just Noticed This On My Bus

Just Noticed This On My Bus

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Mihai Mara
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3 months ago

That;s for Australian tourists.

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#46

10$ An Hur

10$ An Hur

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Sarcastic Cow
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3 months ago

hur dur

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#47

The One Thing You're Supposed To Do

The One Thing You're Supposed To Do

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Andy Acceber
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3 months ago

Welp, that is my brand. I probably should've paid attention to that recall.

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#48

Oh Gosh That Couldn’t Have Been An Accident...

Oh Gosh That Couldn’t Have Been An Accident...

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm sure this was intentional. You can't mess up "1st in her class" to spell this by accident.

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#49

Never Do A Line Before Going To Work! Ottawa Ontario

Never Do A Line Before Going To Work! Ottawa Ontario

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Mazer
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks like our streets in California along the San Andreas fault. They were put in straight but “creep” has caused them to look just like this. Fascinating

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#50

We Were Wondering Why The Toilet Wasn’t Smelling Like Lemons Like It’s Supposed To...

We Were Wondering Why The Toilet Wasn’t Smelling Like Lemons Like It’s Supposed To...

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snipergun
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3 months ago

At least you don't need to change it as often

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