It might seem like you spend more time in meetings than actually working. I don’t know about you, but for us, most of those meetings are now virtual. Thanks to the shift to remote work, virtual meetings have become increasingly vital to staying connected at work, and even in our personal lives.
One of the best things about virtual meetings is that you have everything you need at your fingertips – spreadsheets, meeting agenda templates, and even AI note-taking tools. The downside is that it’s easy to get distracted by social media and start looking for funny cat GIFs or the latest dances trending on Tiktok.
Our solution? Meeting memes. Meeting memes give you and your team something to focus on – and laugh about – without getting completely distracted.
What are meeting memes?
Meeting memes are basically workplace jokes built for the internet age. Think GIFs, still images, or clips from a movie with a funny quote or pop culture reference.
The great thing about meeting memes is that you can easily share a link to them without interrupting the entire discussion. We’ve divided these meeting memes into four categories so you can easily find what you’re looking for.
So instead of browsing social media or refreshing your news feed, check out these 15 top meeting memes you and your coworkers will relate to!
4 Best staff meeting memes
Staff meetings don’t have to be boring: These funny work memes will help you keep your mind engaged if you find yourself in a boring meeting – and also give you something to contribute to your Slack channel!
1. When you forget to TGIF….
Let’s face it: Scheduling is important! No one wants to have a team meeting on Friday – especially if they work from home and casual Friday is just another day spent on Zoom in sweatpants. Are we really going to forget everything if we wait until Monday to talk about it?
2. Is it lunchtime yet?
For some of your coworkers, skipping lunch or slurping some microwaved soup over their keyboards may be a point of pride. But just because one of you is ok with this, it doesn't mean everybody else is! Being productive from home is hard enough as it is. There’s no need to schedule meetings during the lunch hour and interrupt everyone’s work-life balance.
3. It isn’t over yet….
If you thought missing lunch was bad, just wait until you hear what the boss has planned for the rest of the day. We’re not saying team-building is a waste of time, but maybe the higher-ups could schedule this before your quarterly review is due.
4. Any questions?
Sometimes, it’s not the team leader who doesn’t get the hint – it’s one of us! Asking questions is all well and good, but there’s a time and place for it – and if your team meeting has already gone into overtime, maybe save it for the next one?
4 Best virtual meeting memes
Could your virtual meetings use a bit of levity? These 4 meeting memes poke fun at the mistakes and miscommunications we make during virtual meetings!
1. I can’t hear you….
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Mute your mic when you aren’t speaking. It’s just good virtual meeting etiquette. But if someone needs a gentle reminder, there’s always The Most Interesting Man in the World (aka, the Dos Equis guy) to give them a hint without embarrassing them!
2. Tech check
What’s more embarrassing than forgetting to mute your microphone? We’re going to go with sharing the wrong screen. It’s not like your side gig selling baseball cards on Ebay is inherently embarrassing, but this wasn’t the time to share that with coworkers!
3. Let sleeping dogs lie…
They say that on the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog. And when you’re on an audio-only Zoom call, no one has to know that you’re a dog that’s asleep! 3:00 pm meeting, you say? Great, I was hoping for an afternoon nap.
Ever gotten the message “Your meeting should start in a few seconds” ... and it doesn’t? Are you in the wrong meeting room? How long should you wait before going back into hibernation? We don’t have the answers to these questions, but we’re here to tell you that you’re not alone. (Well, technically you are, but you get the point!)
3 Best work from home memes
Working from home has its own rewards – and challenges. These 3 memes are perfect for those occasions when you can’t find the words to express how you’re feeling!
1. No surprises….
Don’t be surprised if your coworkers show up looking like this when that 8:30 am meeting is added to their calendar at 7:53 in the morning.
2. Bad timing?
There are plenty of things you can ignore on a Zoom call: bird songs, elevator dings, even car alarms – but a crying child isn’t one of them. If only you could choose your background sound like you can your video background! Then it wouldn’t matter so much if your child throws a tantrum during an important staff meeting.
3. May the coffee be with you…
Even if you aren’t a Star Wars fan, nothing cheers up a boring meeting like a Baby Yoda meeting meme. We think we could all stand to learn a thing or two from Grogu’s fashion sense – it just screams “work from home couture”.
4 Best general workplace memes
Finally, these classic workplace memes are perfect for almost any occasion. (On second thought, think twice before sending any of these to your boss!)
1. Winter is coming…
For those of us who work in the office at least part of the time, not having control of the thermostat can take some getting used to again! Before we turn on the air conditioner, let’s revisit the Women’s Winter video meme by College Humor to remind ourselves that we all have different ideas about the perfect temperature.
2. Sorry, my notifications were off…
Awkward interactions are easier to avoid when you work remotely – or maybe they’re just less awkward because everything’s awkward on the internet? But there comes a time when you can’t ignore your coworker’s Slack messages any more – and you have to explain that no, you aren’t upset at them, they just don’t understand the crying-laughing face emoji!
3. I’m not distracted, I’m multitasking!
When a coworker comments on how much you're on your phone during meetings, don’t you just want to respond with a meme like this? It’s not that you aren’t paying attention – it’s just that you pay better attention when your brain is doing two things at once! (That’s a thing, right??)
4. Next question, please?
Ok, but sometimes you really are distracted and your boss asks you a question about something you definitely weren't paying attention to. What can you do now? Short of excusing yourself to rewatch the Zoom recording, we think the best thing to do is be honest and say something like this.
Let Anchor AI to take meeting notes for you
We hope these funny meeting memes give you something to laugh about on your next video call, but it’s important not to let them distract you from taking notes!
As much fun as it is to share a laugh at the annoying things about meetings, we also want to make your meetings as productive as they can be.
When you use Anchor AI as your automated note-taking tool, you’ll be sure not to miss anything important since no one on your team has to take notes by hand.
All you have to do is invite Anchor AI to your next Zoom meeting, and you’ll end up with a searchable, time-stamped transcript of everything that was said and who said it.
Don’t need a full transcript? That’s ok too. Anchor AI can highlight key words and action items, so you can pick and choose what to include in your meeting minutes and what to leave out. (We’ll be disappointed if at least a few of these memes don’t make the cut!)