This Facebook Group Shares 50 “Work Related Funnies” To Help You Get Through The Work Week
"Sunday scaries" does not sound all that scary, right? But to millions of employees, they are a common nightmare that hits like clockwork as soon as they want to relax in the last hours of the weekend. The anxiety and dread that creeps in on the eve before a workweek often makes us obsessed with one thought — in 12 hours, we’re back at our desks yet again. Heck, even the most fortunate people who love what they do can have a hard time returning to the real world after a pleasant break.
Thankfully, there's an entertaining corner over on Facebook that serves as the perfect antidote to the dreary and gruesome 9 to 5 grind. Aptly titled 'Work Week Memes,' this group is all about capturing hilariously relatable work moments to temporarily let employees forget about their worries, one meme at a time.
We at Bored Panda have gathered some of the best "funnies" from this online community to boost the mood of any desk-bound poor soul out there. So enjoy scrolling through this list, upvote the posts that made you laugh, and be sure to share them with your friends who need it most! When you’re finished chuckling at these memes, check out our previous piece filled with corporate humor right over here.
Whether you work from home, in a hipsterish office, or in a tiny and dull cubicle, there are many frustrating things about corporate life that can make you feel anxious to start a new week. But fear not, you’re definitely not alone. A 2018 survey commissioned by LinkedIn found that a whopping 80 percent of Americans worry about the upcoming work week on Sundays. When the researchers broke down this alarming number by generation, it revealed that over 90% of Millennials and Generation Z reported feeling the "Sunday Scaries."
The survey also showed the main reasons for this phenomenon. "Professionals say worrying about your workload (60%), balancing your professional and personal to-do’s (44%), and thinking about the tasks you didn't finish last week (39%) are the top causes."
Another study conducted by OnePoll and commissioned by luxury home brand Charisma revealed that the "Sunday Scaries" usually start at 3:58 PM. But the good news is that there are ways to fight it. Slightly less than half of the respondents revealed that they deal with this dread by taking time for themselves. They sneak away for about four hours of 'me time' throughout the weekend to binge their favorite shows (50%), read a book (40%), pamper themselves with a bath (37%), or take a snooze (27%). "Taking time for yourself over the weekend is an important way to prepare for the week ahead," Lauren Steinke, senior vice president of one parent company of Charisma, said. "Whether that be watching TV or taking a bath to relax and take your mind off all the other tasks to be done."
One more way that participants mitigate the "Sunday scaries" is by getting a full night’s rest on Friday and Saturday. Unfortunately, not everyone has a perfect sleep schedule, with 71% reporting they usually mess it up by the end of the weekend. "Getting quality sleep during the weekend can help you be more productive with your to-do list and reenergize you for the upcoming week," Steinke added.
Sadly, some employees feel this existential dread throughout the week. Whether their job leaves them with zero energy or motivation to enjoy life or their giant workloads and horrible bosses take all joy away from them, some workers are in great need of a midweek pick-me-up to maintain their level of sanity.
Joshua Klapow, Ph.D., psychologist and creator of MentalDrive, told Bored Panda in a previous interview that every single one of us needs comic relief. "Laughter is the polar opposite of the stress, distress, frustration, and fatigue we can often feel as we work our jobs day in and day out. An intermittent dose of humor that results in a mood shift, even temporarily, can reset us emotionally and give us more emotional strength to carry on in our work," he explained.
If our work makes us feel exhausted and constantly swamped, it can quickly lead to higher levels of stress, anxiety, and even burnout. Sadly, many people fail to notice they’re overwhelmed and emotionally drained, and they glide through life without even realizing they experience it.
Klapow explained that burnout is a condition that is officially recognized by the World Health Organization as an occupational hazard. He listed some of the most important symptoms of burnout people should be aware of:
- Fatigue related to work
- Emotional disengagement and/or apathy for the job
- Dissatisfaction with the work environment despite any changes or positive modifications
- Difficulty concentrating at work, diminished productivity and efficiency, greater frequency of mistakes
- A general dislike for the present work with no optimistic view of changes in the future
Moreover, some companies create toxic work environments for their workers. The psychologist mentioned that once people recognize their workplace could be labeled as one, they need to do what they can to resolve these harmful situations. "That being said, if it is a larger toxic culture, or a work structure that is inappropriate or unhealthy for you psychologically, then it is crucial that you begin to look, if possible, at other work options. Working in a psychologically toxic environment doesn’t get better, it will make you psychologically worse," Klapow said.
If you find yourself experiencing these signs of burnout (general dissatisfaction, fatigue, apathy, no positive outlook about change or the future), Klapow suggested it’s time to take action. First, you could consider a job or career change. “The change may be within the same organization — it may be a different job position or different job duties." Also, you can “spend some time thinking and writing down what would make a job feel more engaging and healthier. You can’t move to your ideal job if you don’t know what it is." Lastly, Klapow stressed it’s important to pace yourself, step back if possible, and take some PTO.
"Ultimately, this is about earning money and living emotionally healthy. If you are earning money but burning yourself out psychologically then the money earned is having negative consequences on you and those around you."
Luckily for us, work-related memes and jokes have a way of helping us unwind from the daily stress. The creator of MentalDrive told us that these funny images mainly serve two purposes. "They often connect us in a humorous way to the not so humorous situations we may find ourselves in at work. They are a way of both acknowledging the difficulties we may be having at work and pointing out the absurdity of them in a funny way."
Klapow pointed out that they can "validate our frustrations and irritations but at the same time put them into perspective by lowering the negative emotional intensity. In this way, they can at times help us to communicate our frustrations or desire for change at work."
After all, every employee aims to find joy in their jobs, and one way to do that is to put that work into perspective. Klapow told us that our jobs are the place where we spend the majority of our days. "Even if the pay is good, you have to constantly be checking to see if the pay is justifying the emotional impact," he noted.
"Money alone will not buy happiness at work. Having friends, a social connection, a purpose for why you are doing your job, [meaning] from the work. These are all the paths to happiness at work. If they are not there, it is time to consider changing your job description or possibly moving on," Klapow concluded.