Funny Office Crises
23 June 2017
In most workplaces, there are “trigger points” for what we can only describe as widespread panic, angst and upset. It might not take much to get things going, but once one person has decided that the situation is nothing short of a national crisis, hysteria tends to sweep through the office at a rate of knots.
For this week’s Friday Funny, we take a look at what it takes to get most workplaces really upset. We’re talking “strongly worded email” level here.
The internet isn’t working
How do we talk to people? Research? Update our targets? (And, most importantly, how do we manage a ten minute skive on LinkedIn or the Daily Mail?) We have no idea how people coped before the tinterwebs took over. We surely can’t be expected to pick up the phone or make notes?
The printer needs a new toner
Who’s responsibility is it? Where is the toner kept? Should this be a team effort? What happens to the old one? There are so many potential disasters surrounding the toner cartridge and no one wants to be the person to have to explain why the printer is broken.
There’s a lunch thief
Seriously, I don’t label my sandwich because I think it’s cute. I intended to eat it. It’s not cool to go in to the fridge and snaffle it. Cue lots of colleagues trying to “hold you back” before you march round to HR to make a formal complaint and demand a gift card for Pret-A-Manger.
The temperature isn’t right
It’s too hot, so you put the air con on. Then after a few blasts of Arctic-like chill, it’s freezing, so it gets switched off. No one is ever a happy medium. Windows can be fully open while someone sweats it out and you can guarantee someone else will be sitting in the corner, shivering in a scarf and jumper.
The dishes aren’t done
You quite fancy a cuppa or a wee bowl of soup and guess what? Every single dish to ever be manufactured is in the sink. What’s more is, none of them have been washed. It doesn’t take much effort to stick a bit of Fairy Liquid in a mug and rinse it through. Failure to do so will result in a strongly worded email.
The office pet dies
You come in early one Monday only to realise that poor Fred the goldfish has perished over the weekend. You tenderly scoop him out, and are forced to break the news as each of your colleagues arrive. You all gather round the tank where he used to swim, comforting each other and imagining happier times.
Written By Mary Palmer