The 20 Best Work Memes

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Meme at work, or become the meme at work. Screenshot: moodboard / Brand X Pictures / Getty

Work is something that we all have to do, and only a lucky few actually enjoy it. For the rest of the world, it's a necessary inconvenience at best, and a torturous experience at worst. This shared experience of work as something to be avoided or suffered through is something everyone can understand, even if they are lucky enough to have a job they enjoy, great coworkers, and a appreciative boss.

What Do Work Memes Mean?

Most work memes make some type of statement about the user's job. Some are about how work seems to drag on forever, others are about trying to avoid work, and a lot of them focus on frustrating experiences with coworkers or management.

How Are Work Memes Used?

A lot of work memes serve as a sort of pressure relief valve. For instance, someone might post a meme about the fallout of management failing to listen to complaints if they had a bad experience in that vein, or a meme about the work day dragging on forever if they are bored or frustrated waiting for the day to end.

Examples of Work Memes:

Example #1:
Image: Actor Shia Labeouf in a suit on the left and dressed very casually on the right.
Text: "Going to work when I first started my job versus now."
Meaning: This suggests that the poster of the meme tried very hard to maintain a professional appearance, and worked very hard, when they first started their job. After becoming established, they became more laid back. 

Example #2:
Image: A Google image search for bears with long tongues.
Text line one: "Google search: the bears with long tongues"
Text line two: "Boss: mike"
Text line three: "Boss: Mike"
Text line four: "Boss: Mike Ginn"
Text line five: "Me: whaaa sorry was just... doing an email."
Meaning: This is a joke about getting caught, and trying to cover up for it, while goofing off at work. Also, the bears with the long tongues are funny.

Example #3:
Image: Crying Michael Jordan working in an office.
Text: "When you clock in at 9, work for 7 hours, and then realize it's only 9:30."
Meaning: This meme references the way that time seems to move more slowly when you're doing something you don't enjoy. People who work in jobs they don't enjoy, or who have worked in jobs like that in the past, will be able to sympathize.

This is also an example of the Crying Michael Jordan meme, which uses an image of Michael Jordan crying during his 2009 induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. 

For even more examples, including links to the originals, check out our full list of 20 of the funniest work memes around:

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 The man's ugg game is on point. More »

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 Research. It was all just research. More »

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 Because the time dilation is real. More »

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The only reason your boss came around the corner is because their boss also came around the corner and they wanted to look busy. More »

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Ask if you're doing their work can you get their paid time off too. Ha ha, just kidding, what is paid time off. More »

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Pass the popcorn. More »

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 So we put it on the guy who sneezed. More »

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Is usually a pretty good way to get sent home from work.

Unless you work at a theme park, in which case hiding in the bathroom is still a viable option. More »

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Also no job, but that was probably a desired outcome. More »

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 But you don't because human resources won't let you. More »

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I'd hate to be the guy who took his stapler. More »

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 Sorry, Milton, you're on your own with this one. More »

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Keep those memes coming.

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Seriously, no work is going to get done until the secret is revealed, bosses hate him. More »

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 Start making airplane noises, and when they ask what you're doing, act confused about how they can see you in your invisible jet. More »

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Because one dollars is way better than zero dollars. More »

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Doing Fine, Boss

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 It's just a flesh wound, I'll be fine.

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It's only a small fire. Surely someone else will fix it. More »

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If it fits, I sits. More »