I feel the need for a little blast of office humor. Here’s my list of things that have never been said in the workplace. Enjoy!
I love it when you microwave leftover fish in the kitchenette. The smell is divine!
Oh boy, a PowerPoint presentation! I haven’t seen one of those in a while.
I get to have lunch every day.
After hours meetings are my favorite.
You don’t have to tell me what my raise is this year – I like surprises.
I really respect how you ignored my previously scheduled meetings and put yours out right on top of other people who can use Outlook correctly and were courteous.
My favorite part is when you read your PowerPoint slides to me because I can’t read.
There was no traffic when I came in today.
I love it when you send me material at 11:30pm and expect me to respond in a half an hour.
There’s no way we are going to blame the vendor for this mess.
My headcount/staff additions have all been approved.
I would bet my life on the technologies we use here at work.
My career is right on track.
I love the way you give developmental feedback. It’s SO useful.
My two favorite times of the year are annual performance reviews and goal setting.
Information Security is VERY flexible.
I don’t mind changing that thing we agreed to eight months ago, now that we’re two days before launch.
I sure hope this web based learning has a comprehensive test at the end of it.
We will never have layoffs in this organization.
Your idea is much better than mine.
It’s a good thing we have highly competent leadership to get us through this.
You’ll have plenty of time built into the schedule.
Skype is my favorite consistent tool for having meetings.
Nothing motivates me more than having someone threaten my job.
Thank goodness for the dress code.
No, I don’t mind if this meeting runs over a half an hour or so…I wasn’t doing anything after this anyone.
I’m completely in the loop.
I love business travel…it never interferes with my private life.
No, 5:00am isn’t too early for me to meet.
I’ll buy my own office supplies.
I think all of the smokers huddled near the entrance is cute.
I wish the company would make me install more apps on my personal smart phone.
Our telephone technical support is awesome.
You can’t possibly over-document a process.
No, 192 slides in your presentation is not too many.
I have all of the information I need to get this done on time.
Pivot tables are fun on a bun.
I love it when you use Excel as a word processor.
We have too many vacation and holidays here.
Wow are you being flexible!
I was hoping you’d ask me to donate to your favorite charity/cause/event.
I could fly business class, but I thought it best to save the company money, so I opted for coach.
Strategic alliances always work out for the best.
My PC is too fast. Can I get an older, slower model?
I wish I had the same carpet we have in the office at home. It’s SO plush and hides stains well…
No one on our team is stressed.
I appreciate the offer of promotion, but I think it’s a little premature in my career, don’t you?
Wow look at all of the white board markers in this conference room. And they all are new!
Oh boy, the annual budgeting process is starting!
I find that the wingdings font helps make things much clearer.
It is helpful that you have dived into the weeds.
I love that new acronym. It makes my understanding complete.
I missed what you said because I was updating Facebook.
Do I have to take a holiday off?
I work best when I am given an unreasonable deadline and no resources to meet it.
I love it when company leadership adjusts our pension plan.
I am glad they give us so much time to attend training.
PowerPoint solves everything.
Moving the timeline up won’t cause any problems. We can do it sooner with no issues.
I wish we could eat in the cafeteria after hours…it’s my favorite restaurant.
I cherish the moments I spend waiting for technical support to figure out who I am.
I could sure use more spam in my inbox.
I was thinking that this might be a good time to panic.
Oh boy…I get to change my password this afternoon!
You can just ignore the agenda.
Threatening my job inspires me to do better.
Could you micromanage me some more? I find it helpful.
I want to take the time to read the entire document before asking any questions.
I can’t wait for the next reorganization.
If you stopped paying me, I would still come in and do the work. This place is that awesome.
I wish they would move employee parking further away from the office.
Snowstorm days are my favorite days to come into the office.
I think I’m grossly overpaid for what I do.
We always accomplish a lot during lunch meetings.
Thank goodness you involved me early on this project.
This place would make an awesome movie.
Our bathrooms here are spotless.
I want to transfer to the mail room.
I have too much respect for our IT Department. I brag to my friends about how great ours is.
I don’t mind that you interrupted me…your words are more important than mine.
Our company spends too much time worrying about the impact of decisions on the staff.
I’ve never had an issue getting my expenses reimbursed.
Open floorplans and shared workspace really boost productivity (and provide all the privacy I need).
You guys go home…I want to stay late and work on this.
It’s very convenient to work with people in other time zones.
You’re being way too flexible. I work best with a lot of structure.
I attend these meetings because the lunch they provide is so tasty.
The best time of the day is the two hours I spend going each way to and from work. It’s “me” time.
Raising your voice makes me believe you are more correct.
The problem is that the company communicates meaningful and useful information to us too often.
Our customers are far too patient.
Your kid is selling something at school? Put me down for four of whatever it is.
Your PowerPoint presentation thrilled, motivated, and inspired me.
We need more rules to govern us.
This isn’t just a job, it is a career.
I’m going to take some personal time this afternoon to clean the kitchenette area and do the dishes there.
I want to hear more about how you are going to fix all of the problems in our department…after being here two weeks.
You have a good grasp of the big picture.
Could you use more technical phrases when you explain it to me?
Six point font is totally readable.
They would never lay me off or outsource my job. I’m invaluable.
Nothing says lovin’ like mandatory learning!
Can everyone on the call stay off of mute? Feel free to put this conference call on hold if we are boring you.
I love it when your dog barks in the background.
Go ahead and finish your text message, what I was saying wasn’t important anyway.
That doctor/dentist’s appointment can wait. I need to finish this spreadsheet.
SAP is pretty intuitive to implement.
I’d love to do a group photo for the company’s web page (or SharePoint site).
When I work at home I wear the same things as when I’m in the office.
Video calls are a blast.
Gosh darn it, my inbox is empty.
You can skip my raise this year. Working here is reward enough for me.
Boy does the refrigerator in the kitchenette smell and look clean!
I hope we get to do a mandatory, after-hours team building event!
Don’t worry about the budget. We trust you.
I like being triple-booked for meetings. It means I’m popular.
Town hall meetings are a productive use of my time.
This is exactly what I wanted to do when I graduated college.
How early can I get into the office to start work?
The greatest joy I have in the week is filling out my timesheet.
Can you put me on a failing project? I want a real challenge.
Can I have a copy of that poster in the breakroom? I’d like to hang it up in my apartment.
Linkedin has improved my career measurably.
Your happiness is what motivates me.
That data analysis you prepared was dreamy.
It’s not a problem you showed up late for the meeting. We looked forward to catching you up.
The new hires we get from colleges really fit into our culture well.
I’m comfortable with you being smarter than me.
Whatever you do, don’t prioritize my work.
Please, withhold more information that I need to do my job.
I wish I had the stamina to work longer days.
I am sure our leadership has considered all points of view.
Of course I’m comfortable with taking a demotion. All that matters is that I get to work here with you.
One of the reasons I stay here are the great chachkis I have accumulated over the years…especially stress balls.
Open enrollment is fun.
I’d much rather take web-based learning rather than go to Vegas to attend a seminar.
The company spared no expense on the toilet paper they purchased.
Aw rats, it’s 5:00pm! I have to leave work.
Free leftover cookies from the meeting? No, I’d much rather pay for them.
I’m ignoring that fire alarm…work is more important.
Who farted in here? Whew!
I live for the random changes in direction.
No, I’m not interested in your latest rumor that could impact my career.
No thanks, coffee makes me too nervous.
I don’t mind being called “Bloodsucking Overhead” in the least.
Our corporate logo brings me joy.
Go ahead and go over your allotted time. Your incoherent rambling is far more important than the other speakers.
No, I don’t need a bio-break. We’ve only been in the meeting non-stop for five hours.
You don’t need to spell it. Ackaraspapu is a pretty common name.
We’ve had so much fun on this project, let’s get together tonight after hours and hang out.
Please keep your smart phone out. Feel free to do texts during the meeting. I know you’re paying attention.
My favorite part is when you talked down to me.
I’ll use the broken chair.
I don’t think the profitability matters.
I DO care about your petty little opinion – very much so.
Usually one has to go to a McDonalds or Taco Bell to find someone of your management stature.
I’m sorry, can you repeat that? I wasn’t paying attention because your presentation was so incredibly boring.
I was hoping I might be able to lay some of my people off.
All of the awards our company wins really makes me feel positive about how things are going.
Someone wrote ‘Don’t erase” on the whiteboard. I’m sure that was just a joke.
Yes, a mandatory after hours dinner sounds like a lot of fun. I often fantasize about eating with m co-workers.
Isn’t that the same outfit you wore yesterday?
We don’t need to worry about backing up our data – hard drives hardly ever fail.
Mentioning your rank in our discussion impressed me.
I don’t mind you canceling the meeting I prepared for at the last possible moment. My time has little value.
There’s no need for us to meet, I read all of the material you sent in advance.
I was going to have a meeting, but sent an email instead.
The time you spent busting my balls was very helpful and will resolve all of the problems you were complaining about.
I’m going to update my passwords now, before I get those useful and courteous reminder messages.
I feel safe and secure because our building security folks are top notch experts in their field. They are practically ninjas.
I think the best time for us to get the team together to work through this is after hours on Friday.
Your inability to follow an agenda is respectful of everyone on the call.
No, my significant other doesn’t mind at all if we cancel our personal plans so I can attend this meeting.
You are correctly using the word, “crisis” to describe this situation.
We could get more done if you weren’t a maniacal egotistical douchebag.
Being on a technology pilot is how I define a good time.
This place can’t function without you and your keen insights and swift decision making.
What will solve this problem is a good graphic image.
I don’t mind moving my personal vacation plans to accommodate your pseudo-crisis. It would be my pleasure.
I love our password policy. Keeping the same password for more than two weeks is boring.
I think it’s great you joined the call late. It reminds us all of how important you are.
I can’t believe your former employer let you go. You’re a keeper!
Because it worked at your last company I’m sure it will work here too.
Our organizational chart is sleek.
I LIVE to take another company survey because they always take swift, positive and noticeable action based on the results.
I can hear you too clearly on Skype.
By all means, tell me how to do my job more efficiently
I would never say that about you to your face.
I don’t mind not getting lunch all week so that I can work.
I’m checking my emails on vacation because I want to.
I don’t need to write my name on my lunch…my coworkers would never steal it.
My bonus was too large.
You have a bizarre definition of the word, “Winning.”
No, we’re not top-heavy with senior management.
I don’t know how this organization functioned without your brilliant leadership.
I’ve found outsourcing the work improves the quality, speed, and saves money almost every time.
I like the way you panic.
Don’t worry about what charge code to use.
I have saved every one of the t-shirts I’ve ever received from the company.
Renaming a project/product always solves all of its problems.
When I’m on a business trip I always eat at the cheapest place I can find.
My spreadsheet printed right the first time.
I believe filling out a status report every week is some of my most productive time I spend at work.
I get depressed when my manager calls in sick or goes on vacation.
I can’t talk now, the new issue of the company newsletter just arrived in my inbox and I can’t wait to read it.
I’m eligible to retire but I think I’ll stay on because I love working here so much.
Look – someone left me extra office supplies on my desk.
If we had more senior leaders working on this issue we’d solve it faster.
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