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75 Work Cartoons to Help You Get Through the Week

Beyond Dilbert: Take a break at the office and laugh with our collection of Reader's Digest cartoons about work and office life.

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Too much work

For some of us Monday through Friday are the worst days of the week. To help you get through those five days, read through these cartoons for some much-needed humor. Next, check out these work from home cartoons we can all relate to right now.

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Communication is key

Huh, isn’t that a crazy idea!

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Turning to bones

Answering phones will be the death of me.

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Plan = money

I think that’s everyone’s basic plan. If you’re a technophobe, you will probably appreciate these tech cartoons.

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Jump first

I don’t think this falls under my responsibilities as the team leader.

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Confusing rules

Great, we’re going to have to read between the lines.

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The big guys

They look intimidating. These love and marriage cartoons are hilariously accurate.

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New marketing slogan

We could have come up with this on our own.

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New assignments

Thanks for being specific, Boss.

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Easy fix

How long will it take these two men to figure out the issue?

Same principals

That’s a very good question.

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Budget crisis

If only we could come up with a money-making solution as fast as we brainstormed the word, “help.”

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Wicked change

Such a strong commitment to her work.

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Company remodel

Starting from square one.

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Walk to change

That’s a big drop. You can go first.

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Dreaming of answers

Can you remember the answers?

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Flip charts

Wow, how did I not think of that?!

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Millennial perspective

I knew I should have shaved before this interview.

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Product help

I’m only paid to help you half-way.

Musical chairs

The perfect way to show these candidates that we respect them.

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No feedback

Then why did you include it?

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Protected from the meeting

You really never know who’s going to come after you at these things.

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Crazy chart

Can we get a simplified version?

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Napkin notes

Really, neither of you came prepared with a notepad?

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A good and bad quarter

Never let them see your emotions.

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Painting the walls

I wish we could all paint our boring office walls. Take a look at these funny photos of dogs “working from home.”

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Morale chart

High morale has to equal high sales.

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Team building

We’re not sure this was the best exercise.

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Yeah…we’re going to need an extension. Need a break? These Christmas cartoons will make you chuckle at any time of year.

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Black smoke

Maybe we should call in the experts?

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For your benefit

Trust us.

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Friendly email?

Sometimes sarcasm is the only way to get through the workday.

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This office is A-Maze-Ing!

If you get lost, call HR. Don’t miss these hilarious excuses people actually used to get out of work.

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Work-life balance

Hmmm, we wonder what it’s like there.

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Dog-tor’s Dilemma

At least he’s honest. These doctor cartoons that will make you laugh through the pain.

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Please hold…

What about unplugging it and plugging it back in? Try these funny work jokes to defuse awkward situations.

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Help wanted

The government always knows best, right?

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Yikes. It sounds like this guy could learn from these outrageous true stories of dumb employees.

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Virtually unstoppable

We all have dreams; some are just more realistic than others.

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Computer coffee

Who do I talk to to get one of these?

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Paint job

Now might be a good time to tell you that I’m colorblind.

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Treacherous commute

Or maybe just work from home twice a week.

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Hedge your bets

Don’t panic!

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Neverending paperwork

Don’t try to hide, you can never escape it.

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Breach of code

Good news: It can stay in Des Moines, too.

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Too many hours

Maybe we should go easy on them?

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Office maze

Where is my desk again?

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Who’s a good salesman?

“Ruff” day at the office?

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Hiring process

But that’s nothing compared to these work mistakes that could cost you the job.

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Profits down

Putting in a good effort doesn’t make money.

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Brush up that resume, stat! No need for superpowers; just make sure you have these soft skills employers are looking for.

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Broken fax

I think it’s time to call the IT guy.

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Just business

All in a day’s work.

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Casual Friday gone too far

But, I work best when I’m comfy.

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Heavy findings

I’ll be carrying it with me for a while.

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Happy quarter

Just smile to get through it.
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How crafty

Don’t forget to mention these invisible job skills you didn’t know you have.

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Pointless meeting

If you can write it in an email, don’t call a meeting.

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Only words

Sticks and stones.

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Assistant reaper

Hopefully, she won’t make any grave errors.

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Work island

That might be a little too remote.

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Part-time job

It’s better than fetching coffee all day, at least.

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New incentive

That’s nothing compared to the worst bosses you could ever work for.

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Send in the…

They look a little funny, though.

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A practical app

Mind. Blown.

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Breaking the news

Do you need me to spell it out for you?

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Best chip

Is it the crunchiest one or the saltiest one? The world may never know.

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Off sides

You’ll never guess who it is.

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Just a thought

The power of positive thinking can go a long way.

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Mail sorting

It really is rocket science.

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Fond farewell

Anyone can pull off these April Fool’s Day office pranks.

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Cheap meeting

It’s pretty close to what the Capitol Building looks like, right?

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Financial planning

The choice is yours, and the price is right.

work cartoonJohn Caldwell for Reader's Digest

Corporate qualifications

But it’s nothing to brag about.

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They’ll probably take everyone’s jobs someday soon.

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A bit delayed

Corporate punishment. These cartoons hilariously describe everyday life.