Workplace Signs Funny Enough to Make You Laugh Out Loud
Break-room rage, busted vending machines and petty coworkers all have the potential to be hilarious if you play your cards right. Having a sense of humor to complement your corporate frustrations can pay off, and in more ways than just boosting the mood at work. With a bit of clever phrasing, you can turn a confrontation into a conversation. If that's not your style, just sit back and enjoy the hard work of others.
Geese Are No Joke
To anyone who grew up around angry Canadian geese, this sign is no joke. In fact, we'd be grateful for the warning. For those who’ve never had to run away screaming from a charging, hissing goose, the idea of an oversized duck guarding a shop door probably seems pretty farcical.
When it comes to restaurant ice machines, there's big potential for a whole lot of grossness. They require regular, thorough cleanings that can take some time. With that in mind, it's understandable that whoever's in charge would put a sign like this on the icemaker.
It Can Wait
We wish we were shocked that this sign even exists, but we've seen too many videos of emergency situations online to question it at this point. On the one hand, having in-the-moment videos of disaster scenarios is nothing if not fascinating.
Get Up and Go
Speaking of exits, if you're feeling agile and are in a hurry, you can always take the alternate way out. With the number of people who probably walk past this sign every day and don't notice it, sneaking out undetected might not be as hard as you think.
Where's the Pizza?
It's no secret that pizza makes for some of the best leftovers. In the fridge at home, those slices are fair game, but if you bring them to work, the same rule doesn't apply. It's pretty awful to steal anyone's lunch.
This sign raises a lot of questions, and we're not sure where to start. Why was there gum in the urinal? How did it get there? Were there multiple occurrences of gum ending up in the urinals?
We'd hazard a guess and say that the bear in question here is no "Silly Old Bear." Wherever this sign was hung, they sure knew how to take workplace hazards to a new level.
This workplace sign has all its bases covered. Sure, a parkour tournament sounds like a blast, but it's all fun and games until someone dislocates a knee or gets a concussion.
Jurassic Office Park
This one's a classic. It does make you wonder what a workplace velociraptor attack would entail, though. Unless you're actually employed by the InGen Corporation, your chances of having to deal with a real velociraptor attack at work are probably slim to none.
Stating the Obvious
What probably happened here was that someone broke a chair — we won't ask how — and set it off to the side for janitorial services to cart off to a chair graveyard somewhere. While waiting for the chair’s one-way trip to the landfill, someone saw an opportunity and took it.
No Puns Allowed
Most signs you come across at work are functional in some capacity: wet floor, out of order, meeting at 10, cake in the break room — things like that. As a result, things can sometimes get a little boring around the office.
While we can't stress enough how important it is for workers to be happy at their jobs, someone has to draw the line somewhere. In this case, the limit is showtunes. For whatever reason, songs from stage productions and the silver screen just rub this boss the wrong way.
Journalism is a diverse field, encompassing newswriters, scientific journalists, entertainment writers and so many others. Although their fields of study and expertise vary greatly and they all follow different formats, there are a few basic rules that remain consistent across the writing spectrum.
What do you do when you have an important message to convey with a limited time window during which to convey it? You include a caveat, obviously. The stove is hot — except when it isn't. The road is icy — unless it's July. The paint is wet — unless it's already dry.
The over/under debate has raged for as long as toilet paper has been a commodity. Friendships have crumbled under its pressure, and we're pretty sure there's been at least one war waged over it. The gravity of this dispute needs no formal introduction.
Modesty Is Important
They say that mirrors lie, but what about when there's no mirror to gaze upon? The best solution is clearly to put up a placeholder that gives you a semi-believable compliment that's nothing if not modest.
Some people seriously hate being interrupted, teachers especially so. The one that made this sign had clearly had enough of being talked over or stopped by raised hands. Their exceptions to the "no interruptions" rule in their classroom all make a fair amount of sense.
Anyone who's ever had fabric scissors and inevitably had someone else ruin them will understand this sign. There's no way of knowing just how many pairs of perfectly good scissors the creator of this sign has had to stop using due to carelessness, but this is the final straw.
Out of Order
Sometimes, the customer isn't always right, and after correcting someone about the broken soda machine for what feels like the billionth time, you just give up. Don't believe us? Fine. Try it for yourself.
Sometimes, aggressive signs are not just necessary. Without them, there might be serious consequences. Speakers that size don't come cheap, but whoever designed this one could have at least tried a little harder to not make it look like a garbage can.
Most hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts are pretty strict about their pet policies. Typically, it comes down to a clear-cut "yes" or "no," but not for this Alaskan getaway. Their pet policy is amusingly verbose, which makes us wonder whether or not management might have been better off running a pet motel instead of a resort for people.
We have a healthy appreciation for clever signs that kindly remind parents to control their kids while inside small shops. There's the classic "Unattended children will be given an espresso and a puppy," and then there are more direct, straight-to-the-consequences signs like this one, which is perfect for any bakery.
If It Ain't Broke
This sign either inspires confidence in these people's honesty, helps us understand their sense of humor better or makes us question their claim about being able to fix anything. We're not sure. But we know that the people working in this mall maintenance shop are probably funny, and that goes a long way in any service field.
It's a Trap!
The fact that someone actually took the time to write, print and frame this sign is proof enough that whoever is behind this masterpiece clearly loves their job. Keeping plants alive at home is hard enough, and that's without the added complication of countless strangers running their hands all over your precious foliage.
The prostituted/prosecuted mixup is an oldie but a goodie. They're two very different things, but nevertheless, people still manage to get them confused. In this case, the sign appears to be placed in a grocery store or market of some kind, and someone found it appropriate to place the warning next to the bananas.
Many of these weird and wonderful pieces of signage are written or printed on plain old paper and taped up somewhere for the world to admire. This warning takes it several steps further, proudly displaying its cautionary text on printed plastic, sparing no expense on character count.
Some Like It Hot
Usually, angry signs on office microwaves are brought about because someone microwaved fish, blew up their lunch or burnt something and caused an evacuation. Never before have we seen an office sign quite this specific (or fiery).
Here's another great child-control sign found at a bakery. Keeping display-case glass clean is a major undertaking, and greasy hands and prodding fingers don't make it any easier.
Knowing your limits as a professional is an important part of being good at your job. For most people, that means taking breaks, maintaining hobbies, setting boundaries and engaging in other healthy habits. For others, that means taking up a second profession to fill in the blanks.
Here's a sign we can all relate to on some level. If anyone ever tells you that they always did things on time and never once put off a task, there's an exactly 100% chance that they're lying.