48 Funny Workplace Jokes To Lighten Up The Office (That Won't Send You To HR)

Having jokes at the tip of your tongue can help ease tension, make work less of a grind and make the day pass quicker.

February 29, 2024
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Work-life can often be stressful, especially when deadlines are looming and projects are dragging on. But, workplace jokes are made for times like these.

Having work jokes at the tip of your tongue can help ease tension, make work less of a grind, give people more energy, and make the day pass quicker. Everyone likes to laugh, and it's even better if that laughter can be appreciated across age groups and cultures.

Workplace funny jokes aren't just for fun and comic relief; they are also beneficial to improving workplace morale and productivity.

So, in the spirit of lightening up our workplace, here are 48 work-appropriate jokes to share, whether it's a time of high stress or just a time to break the monotony.

Lunchtime funny jokes for work colleagues and managers

Lunchtime jokes are suitable for casual and relaxed gatherings with co-workers. For those times at work when there's a need to diffuse the tension in the air with funny jokes or a funny short story. And you begin with, 'Wanna hear a joke?'

Here are some of our favorite funny work jokes:

  1. I asked if I could leave work early the other day, and the boss said, "yes, if I made up the time." I said, "sure, it's twenty past fourteen."
  1. Why did the employee get fired from the calendar factory? He took a day off.
  1. A man walks into a bar, and it's empty - it's just him and the bartender. He sits down and orders a drink.

He hears someone whisper, "Pssst...I like your tie." The man looks around but doesn't see anyone.

"Pssst...that color looks nice on you." He asks the bartender, "Excuse me, but...are you speaking to me?" The bartender rolls his eyes and says, "No, sorry about that. It's the peanuts... they're complimentary."

  1. Teacher: "Anyone who thinks he's stupid may stand up!" *Nobody stands up* 

Teacher: "I'm sure there are some stupid students here!" *Little Johnny stands up* Teacher: "Ohh, Johnny, you think you're stupid?" 

Little Johnny: "No, I just feel bad that you're standing alone."

  1. Two antennas decided to get married, the ceremony was pretty boring, but the reception was great!
  1. Phil walks into his boss's office one day and says, "Sir, I'll be honest with you. I know the economy isn't great, but I've got three companies after me, and I'd like to ask for a raise, respectfully." After a few minutes of haggling, the boss finally agrees to give him a 5 percent raise, and he happily gets up to leave. "By the way," the boss asks as Phil leaves his office, "which three companies are after you?" Phil replies, "The electric company, water company, and phone company."
  1. Do you know what they say about a clean desk? It's a sure sign of a cluttered desk drawer.
  1. What's the best part about living in Switzerland? I don't know, but the flag is a big plus.
  1. I phoned a call center today, and it said all the advisors were engaged. I was delighted for them, but my fridge is still broken.
  1. Why did you leave your last job? The company relocated and didn't tell me where.

Icebreaker Jokes for Meetings

Whether in-person or remote, we can all agree that work meetings can often get intense. 

Managers can break the ice with stories, funny jokes, or even icebreaker questions to help team members feel more at ease. And when in doubt, you can always use an Icebreaker Flow.

When sharing office jokes, it's best to blend 'why' jokes or 'knock, knock' jokes with others. This allows for more people to attempt to guess the answers to the questions, and the more relaxed they would feel. 

Here are some to get you started:

  1. What kind of bear has no teeth? A gummy bear.
  1. Why don't scientists trust Atoms? They make up everything.
  1. Why couldn't the bike stand up? It was two-tired.
  1. Why did the scarecrow win a Nobel prize? He was out standing in his field.
  1. A hungry lion is chasing a scientist and a philosopher. The scientist makes some quick calculations and says, "It's no good trying to outrun it. It's catching up!" The philosopher keeps a little ahead and replies, "I'm not trying to outrun the lion. I'm trying to outrun you!"
  1. What did one ocean say to the other? Nothing, they just waved at each other.
  1. The banker fell overboard from a friend's sailboat. The friend grabbed a life preserver, held it up, not knowing if the banker could swim, and shouted, "Can you float alone?" "Obviously," the banker replied, "but this is quite an interesting time to talk business."
  1. Standing in front of the shredder, the new employee looked a little confused so a supervisor offered to help.

Supervisor: 'Are you okay?'

New Employee: 'I'm trying to get this thing to work?'

Supervisor: She takes the wad of paper from his hands and feeds it through.

New Employee: 'Oh great, thanks! But, where do I get the copies from?'

  1. The boss asked Mark to start the presentation with a joke. He shared his paycheck as the first slide.
  1. Employer: We need someone responsible for the job. 

Job Applicant: Sir your search ends here! In my previous job whenever something went wrong, everybody said I was responsible.

  1. Boss: Can you work this weekend? Me: Yeah, no worries, but I'll probably be a bit late as public transport is slow on weekends. Boss: What time will you get here? Me: Monday.

Work Appropriate Jokes to share with your work buddies

When sharing funny jokes with workplace buddies, it's okay to share inside jokes and adult jokes when you're sure about their sense of humor (you probably have more room to say corny jokes and stupid things with your work buddies). Also, the jokes don't always need to be about work. 

Here are some funny work jokes you can share on Friday afternoons( or any other circumstance):

  1. I got a job at a paperless office. Everything was great until I needed to use the bathroom.
  1. I couldn't work today because of an eye problem. I just can't see myself working today.
  1. The boss says, "This is the third time you've been late for work this week. Do you know what that means?"

Me: That it's only Wednesday?

  1. I think they picked me for my motivational skills. Everyone always says they have to work twice as hard when I'm around!
  1. I went for a job interview. The interviewer told me I'd start on $2,000 a month, and then after six months, I'd be on $2,500 a month. I told them I would start in 6 months.
  1. An employee had a conversation with the boss. 

Boss: Do you believe in life after death?

Employee: No, because there is no proof of it.

Boss: Well, there is now! After you left yesterday saying that you had to go to your grandma's funeral, she called the office looking for you.

  1. My annual performance review says I lack "passion and intensity." I guess management hasn't seen me alone with a Big Mac.
  1. My boss told me that there's no such thing as 'problems', only opportunities.

I said: 'That's great. Well, I have a serious drinking opportunity.'

  1. HR manager: 'Just go to hell!'

Me: 'So, should I stay or leave? I'm confused.'

  1. My girlfriend said, "You act like a detective too much. I can't continue this way; we need to split up." "Good idea," I replied. "We can cover more ground that way."
  2. Why was the very good doctor always calm? Because he had a lot of patients!
  3. Why did the construction workers always bring a pencil to lunch? They wanted to draw their own conclusions!
  4. Why was the soda so depressed? It was soda pressing!
  5. How many computer programmers does it take to change a light bulb? None, that's a hardware problem!
  6. Did you hear about the crusher who quit his job? He just couldn't handle the pressure!
  7. Why did the sandwich named Kevin get a promotion? Because he was the best thing since sliced bread!
  8. Why did the elderly person bring a magnifying glass to the stock market? To see the stocks rise!
  9. I had a job interview today. When they asked me what my greatest strength was, I replied, "I never miss work." "Not even yesterday?" they asked. "Okay, just that one time."
  10. Two glasses were chatting. One said, "People say the glass is half empty or half full." The other replied, "I just wish someone would fill me up, it's Friday night!"
  11. Why did the employee always bring an empty glass to meetings? He wanted to be seen as a problem solver!
  12. Why was the reporter so good at dodging deadlines? Because he had a great escape clause!
  13. Why did the construction worker never steal somebody's coffee? Because he didn't want to stir up trouble!
  14. If you have all the solutions, then you haven't heard all the problems. Just ask a computer programmer!
  15. Why did the sandwich named Kevin hate the stock market? Because he was tired of being on a roll!
  16. The elderly person went to the bar and asked for a glass of optimism. The bartender handed him an empty glass and said, "Imagine the possibilities!"
  17. "Why do you have a sandwich named Kevin on your desk?" "It's for my lunch break, but he also helps with my spreadsheets!"
  18. My boss asked me why I missed work yesterday. I told him I was dodging deadlines, and he said, "That's a valid excuse for a Monday."

Important tips about workplace jokes:

1. What are the potential risks of telling jokes in the workplace?

Offending someone: Jokes can be subjective and what one person finds funny, another might find offensive, especially if it targets a specific group or individual.
Creating a hostile work environment:
Repeatedly telling jokes that are offensive or discriminatory can create a hostile work environment for some employees.
Damaging your professional reputation:
Telling inappropriate jokes could reflect poorly on your judgment and professionalism.

2. How can you tell if a joke is appropriate for the workplace?

Avoid jokes that are discriminatory, offensive, or based on stereotypes.
Consider your audience and their sense of humor.
Err on the side of caution if you're unsure about a joke.

3. What are some alternatives to telling jokes to lighten the mood at work?

Sharing positive stories or anecdotes.
Engaging in lighthearted conversations about non-work-related topics.
Playing games or participating in team-building activities.

4. Are there any specific industries or professions where it is generally not advisable to tell jokes at work?

Healthcare settings
Legal professions
Educational institutions

5. How can you handle a situation where a joke you tell offends someone?

Acknowledge their feelings and apologize sincerely.
Avoid making excuses or trying to justify the joke.
Learn from the experience and avoid telling similar jokes in the future.

6. What are some tips for delivering a joke in a way that is likely to be well-received?

Deliver the joke with good humor and a positive attitude.
Be mindful of your body language and tone of voice.
Read the room and stop if the joke isn't landing well.

7. Are there any cultural differences to consider when telling jokes in a workplace with a diverse team?
t's crucial to be sensitive to cultural differences and avoid jokes that rely on stereotypes or references that might not be understood by everyone.

8. How can you tell if a joke is appropriate for someone's age group?
It's generally advisable to avoid jokes that rely on outdated references or humor that might be considered immature in a professional setting.

Ready to share some workplace humor?

The modern workplace has seen the rise of various unique work cultures and personalities - from startup geeks to overworked techies. Finding workplace-appropriate jokes and icebreakers to share with your co-workers will depend on your work. It'll also depend on the personalities of the people on your team. Use the Icebreaker Flow to lighten the mood at work and bring some fun.

Every workplace has its unique blend of drab and comical situations, and many employees often have lots of good stories and hilarious jokes for a casual Friday. So, while this list isn't exhaustive, we think just a list of these jokes will hit the right notes when the time comes for those much-needed laughs (or simply while you all drink coffee in the morning).

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