Social & Interpersonal Skills

150+ Work-Friendly Jokes to Try on Your Colleagues 

In a workspace, the 3 most common negative emotions are frustration, worry, and anger. This is why it’s important to lighten the mood at work with a few jokes here and there. 

Moreover, good jokes can build rapport, break the ice at a team meeting, or liven up a coworker’s boring day. A survey by Science of People saw 47% of workers say that jokes are a regular interaction with coworkers. 

So if you set yourself as the workplace comedian, then you should have an arsenal of office jokes at your disposal. To help you with that, let’s go over 150+ work-friendly jokes you can try on your colleagues.

I’ll put them under categories so you can pick a joke with a specific purpose. Here are the joke categories to choose from:

  • Funny jokes
  • One-liner jokes
  • Manager jokes
  • Virtual team jokes
  • Corny jokes
  • Pun jokes
  • Dad jokes

NOTE: No worries. Rest assured that I’ll only list the work-appropriate jokes so that you won’t hurt, embarrass, or offend anyone. 

Funny Jokes 

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There’s nothing like a good belly laugh. If you’re looking for jokes to lighten the work environment, then here are funny jokes to share with coworkers.

1. Why is teamwork great? You always have someone else to blame. 

2. What did the fried rice say to the shrimp? Don’t wok away from me! 

3. What does it mean when an office claims to be ‘paperless’? They’re out of toilet paper!

4. Why did you quit your last job? They relocated, but I had no idea where.

5. Why do I get annoyed when people reply too fast to emails? It ruins my to-do list; I just crossed that off! Now I have to put it back. 

6. What does the top dentist in the world get? A tiny plaque.

7. What snack does a computer crave at work? Microchips!

8. What vegetable is cool, but not that cool? Rad-ish.

9. What can ruin a Friday? Realizing it’s only Thursday.

10. What’s a scanner’s magic trick? Making documents “vanish”!

11. Why do I drink coffee? To do dumb stuff faster and with gusto.

12. What drags more than a boring movie? Friday afternoons.

13. How should you criticize your boss? Quietly, so he doesn’t hear.

14. How does a stressed-out mouse handle work? By hitting the “escape” key!

15. What’s the difference between Dubai and Abu Dhabi? The people in Dubai don’t watch “The Flintstones” but the people in ABU DHABI DO!

16. Why can you never trust spiders? Because they post stuff on the web. 

17. What did the clock do when it was still hungry? It went back four seconds!

18. What’s the difference between a poorly dressed man on a bicycle and a nicely dressed man on a tricycle? A tire. 

19. What sugar does Lady Gaga use for her coffee? Raw, raw, raw, raw, raw!

20. What do you call a broken can opener? A can’t opener. 

21. Why are elevator jokes top-tier? They work on all levels!

22. Why does a chicken coop have two doors? Because if it had four doors, it would be a chicken sedan.

One-Liner Jokes

If you don’t want your coworker to have to guess an answer, here are one-liners or short office jokes that are so good they will be a hit. 

23. My boss told me it’s my responsibility as a security guard to watch the office… I’m on season 6, but I’m not sure how it relates to security.

24. I have a fear of elevators… I’ve been taking steps to avoid them.

25. Today at work, our computers crashed, so we had to do everything manually… It took me ten minutes to shuffle the cards for Solitaire.

26. An employee enters his boss’s office and says, “I’m being pursued by three companies at the moment. If you want me to stay, I’ll need a 5% raise.” The boss agrees, and the employee prepares to leave. Just before exiting, the boss asks, “Which three companies are after you?” The employee responds, “The electric company, the water company, and the gas company.”

27. Bread is a lot like the sun… It rises in the yeast and sets in the waist. 

28. Sometimes I like to kneel on the floor, pull my head to my chest, and lean forward… Because that’s how I roll.

29. Just burned 2,000 calories… That’s the last time I leave the brownies in the oven while I nap. 

30. Eggs and bacon walk into a restaurant… The host says, “We don’t serve breakfast here.”

31. I get plenty of exercise at work… Jumping to conclusions, pushing my luck, and dodging deadlines. 

32. Just found out the company that produces yardsticks won’t be making them any longer. 

33. Two fish were in a Tank… One said, “How do you drive this thing?”

34. To whoever stole my copy of Microsoft Office, I will find you… You have my word!

35. I stayed up all night to see where the sun went… Then it dawned on me. 

36. The most challenging part of the week is the first five days following the weekend.

37. I visited the doctor with a mole that looked suspicious… He remarked that all moles look like that and said I should have left it in the garden.

38. A skeleton walks into a bar and orders a beer and a mop.

39. RIP boiling water… You will be mist. 

40. One day… I’m gonna make the onions cry!

41. Recently, coworkers have been writing names on the food in the office fridge… I’m currently eating a sandwich named Kevin. 

42. They call it gross pay because it’s disgusting to see how much money you could have earned before taxes.

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43. Sometimes I wonder if all of this is happening because I didn’t forward that message to 10 people.

44. A bossy man walked into a bar… Then ordered everyone a round. 

45. If Bill Gates had a penny for every time I had to reboot my computer… Oh wait, he actually does.

46. My boss told me to have a good day… So I went home!

47. A man walks into a bar. The barkeeper walks over to the man. Someone walks out of the restroom. People are just walking around.

48. Always give 100% at work. 12% Monday, 23% Tuesday, 40% Wednesday, 20% Thursday and 5% Friday.

49. Life has its ups and downs… I call them squats. 

50. I finally did it! I was brave enough to kill a bug at home… Only to realize it was a piece of lint. 

51. I love deadlines… I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.

Manager Jokes

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What if you want to crack a joke at the beginning of a team meeting with a manager present? Or maybe you just want to give them a good chuckle since they’re probably stressed with their jobs, too. If so, here are safe for work jokes with a manager (just make sure they have a good sense of humor with some of these jokes).

52. A manager asked, “Can you work late tonight?” I answered, “Sure, as long as my future self doesn’t mind.”

53. Why did the manager bring a ladder to work? He wanted to reach the high expectations!

54. Me: “Hi boss, it’s raining heavily today so I won’t be coming.” Boss: “But you stated in your job application that swimming was your hobby.”

55. How does a manager keep their cool? By staying in the “management” zone!

56. My manager caught me leaving for work early, and he asked me why. I answered “I’m attending the ‘Leaving Work Early’ seminar. Want to come?”

57. How does a manager style their hair? They part it down the middle because they can’t choose a side.

58. An employee asks his boss, “Can I have two weeks off for Christmas?” The boss answered, “It’s May…” To which the employee replied, “Oh, sorry. May I have two weeks off for Christmas?”

59. Work is a good time filler between waking up and happy hour.

60. My manager asked me how the project was going. I told him it was a piece of cake… I just don’t know the recipe. 

61. Why did the manager become an artist? Because they’re experts at “drawing” out plans and strategies!

62. What did the manager tell the coffee machine? I’ll be back latte. 

63. When do you know you’re desperate for an answer? When you check the second page on Google. 

64. What’s a manager who can play the piano called? A Key Player!

65. I saw someone in the backroom crying for five or six minutes. Then his phone alarmed and he instantly stopped his tears and went back to work. That’s what I call time management

66. Why was the manager always calm? Because they had great “control” of the situation.

67. My boss is threatening to fire the employee with the worst posture. I have a hunch it will be me. 

68. No man goes before his time… unless the boss leaves early. 

69. How do you make a manager laugh in a meeting? Tell them you completed all your work ahead of time.

70. How do you make a manager change their mind? Just wait for five minutes.

71. What do you call a manager with a good sense of humor? The office clown-sultant.

Virtual Team Jokes 

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If you work remotely, there are specific work jokes that only your virtual team will understand. So to boost remote team rapport, you can either send this in the group chat or before you start a Zoom meeting. 

72. I told a joke over a Zoom meeting… It wasn’t even remotely funny. 

73. My favorite conference call game is “Guess the Background Noise.”

74. Getting dressed for work is so stressful… Should I put on yoga pants or sweatpants?

75. The company culture dress code is “business casual from the waist up.”

76. Am I working at my regular capacity? No. But am I prioritizing and taking care of the important tasks? No. But am I at least taking care of myself and my mental health? Also, no. 

77. Work-from-home tip: Silence your microphone during conference calls before shouting at your neighbor’s noisy dog.

78. I’m out of bed and I made it to my laptop… What more do you want?

79. Working from home gets tricky when your chair and bed start becoming one.

80. 5 pm! My work is done! Time to go home…

81. Working remotely has turned me into a morning person… Because my “morning” now starts at noon.

82. Sure, working from home can have its disadvantages… I miss office politics, the lack of freedom, and having to wear shoes. 

83. My office attire has changed from “business casual” to “business catual.”

84. Work from home? Half of you don’t even work from work. 

85. My lunch breaks are now just staring blankly into the fridge, hoping something delicious appears.

86. Expectation: work from home. Reality: Home becomes work. 

87. I have a few jokes about unemployed dogs… But none of them work. 

88. Oh nice! Only 700 more memes to look at until I get to leave work. 

89. If I got a dollar each time someone asked if I was still in my pajamas, I could retire early.

90. Brain: “Are you going to sleep?” Me: “Yes, I’m done for the day. Now shut up.” Brain: “You sent the last email without attachments.” Me: “😲”

91. Was Adele a recruiter in her former life? You know, because… Hello from the other side. I must have called a thousand times.

92. Learn to spell… AutoCorrect isn’t always write. 

93. I’m disappointed that Head & Shoulders doesn’t have a body wash named ‘Knees & Toes’.

94. What’s the difference between Black Eyed Peas and Chick Peas? Black Eyed Peas can sing us a song. Chick Peas can hummus one. 

95. I invented a new word! ….Plagiarism!

Corny Jokes

Sometimes the corniest jokes are the ones that bring out the biggest laughs. This is probably because people expect an excellent answer but get a boring one instead. If that’s your goal, here are some corny jokes for work.

96. What did Tarzan say when he saw the elephants coming over the hill? Here comes the elephants over the hill. 

97. What did the man say to the girl? Hi. 

98. What do you call a cold puppy? A chili dog.

99. Why was the broom late for work? It over-swept.

100. Why should you always knock before you open the refrigerator? Because there might be a salad dressing. 

101. Why did the skunk borrow money? Because it only had one scent. 

102. What do you call a pig that does karate? Pork chop. 

103. What do you call a polar bear in the desert? Lost. 

104. How do you fix a cracked pumpkin? With a pumpkin patch. 

105. Why do bees make honeycombs? To brush their hair.

106. What do you call a sad strawberry? A blue-berry. 

107. What do you get when you cross a snowman and a vampire? Frostbite. 

108. Why did the car take a nap? It was tired. 

109. I’d tell you a pizza joke… but it’s too cheesy.

110. What is Friday’s favorite day? Friday, it’s just that good of a day. 

111. Why was the computer late for work? Because it had a slow, hard drive. 

112. How does Nasa organize a space party? They planet. 

113. My job is top secret… I don’t even know what I’m doing. 

114. What’s the best time to visit the dentist? Tooth-hurty.

115. What do you call a bear with no teeth? A gummy bear. 

116. Knock, knock! Who’s there? Cows go. Cows go who? No, cows go moo. 

117. Knock, knock! Who’s there? Eugene. Eugene who? Eugene, I Tarzan. 

118. What do you call it when Batman skips church? Christian Bale. 

119. I think I would like a job cleaning mirrors… It’s something I really see myself doing. 

120. What did the right eye say to the left eye? Honestly, between you and me, something smells.

121. Knock, knock! Who’s there? Doorbell repair man. 

122. Why did the banana go to the doctor? It wasn’t peeling well. 

123. What did the big flower say to the little flower? Hey there, bud. 

124. Have you heard the rumor about butter? Never mind, I shouldn’t be spreading it. 

125. Why is Peter Pan always flying? He Neverlands. 

126. What do you call an M&M that went to college? A smarty. 

127. What do you call a person who is happy on Mondays? Unemployed. 

128. Why don’t elephants use computers? Because they’re afraid of the mouse. 

129. Why was the Easter Bunny hired for the job? He had the most egg-experience. 

130. The only thing that ever sat its way to success was a hen. 

Pun Jokes

Pun jokes work double-time. What do I mean? It’s both funny and gets the coworkers to work on their clever thinking and creativity. So if you want to hit two birds with one stone, here are some pun, work-friendly jokes to try. 

131. I’m working in the shoe industry but couldn’t fit into it.

132. Good work. Here is your annual celery. 

133. How good are you at PowerPoint? I Excel at it. 

134. Why do cows wear bells? Their horns don’t work. 

135. I’m close friends with 25 letters in the alphabet… I don’t know Y. 

136. Why did the candles stop working? Because they burnt out.

137. What happens if someone slaps you at a high frequency? It Hertz. 

138. Recruiter: We need somebody responsible. Me: I’m the one you want. At my last job, every time something went wrong, they said I was responsible. 

139. Which bear is the most condescending? A pun-duh. 

140. Dogs can’t operate MRI scans… but catscan. 

141. The librarian quit her job to start a new chapter in life.

142. I used to work at a bank, but I quit… Because I lost interest. 

143. I work on a ship. It doesnt pay well, but enough to stay afloat.

144. I used to be a taxi driver, but one day half the wheels fell off. I couldn’t work anymore since I was too tired.

145. I used to work at a shoe factory but got fired because I didn’t put any soul into my work.

146. How do morticians make money? They Urn it.

147. I’d tell you a joke about unemployment, but it doesn’t work here. 

148. When is a door, not a door? When it’s ajar. 

149. Why did the ghost go to the bar? For the boos. 

150. Have you ever eaten a clock? It’s very time-consuming. 

151. I used to be an electrician. Shocking, I know.

152. Singing in the shower is fun until you get soap in your mouth… Then it becomes a soap opera. 

153. I have a good barber pun, but I’ll shave it for later.

154. Did you hear about the knight who was afraid to fight? His name was Sir Render. 

155. I wouldn’t buy anything with Velcro… It’s a rip-off. 

Dad Jokes 

Everyone loves a good dad joke. This is because it’s a mixture of both corny and clean jokes with a dash of puns in them. Plus, these are jokes that you can share with anyone – coworkers, managers, HR, supervisors, etc… 

156. Why did the math book miss work yesterday? Because it had too many problems to solve!

157. Why did the bicycle work twice as hard? Because it was two-tired!

158. Why did the calendar refuse to go to work in 2024? Because it had too many dates!

159. Why did the new hires bring a ladder to work? Because they heard the company was looking for high climbers!

160. What do you call two ducks and a cow? Quackers and milk. 

161. What’s the best way to catch a fish? Ask someone to throw it to you.

162. What do a tick and the Eiffel Tower have in common? They’re both Paris sites. 

163. What’s brown and sticky? A stick.

164. How do celebrities stay cool? They have many fans. 

165. How do you make an eggroll? You push it.

166. I thought the dryer was shrinking my clothes. Turns out it was the refrigerator all along.

167. I wanted to buy a pair of camouflage pants, but I couldn’t find any.

168. Why did the bartender say, “I’m friends with all the books in the library”? Because they’re always open for a good story!

169. Knock, knock! Who’s there? Nobel. Nobel who? No bell, so I knocked. 

170. Why did the man name his dogs Rolex and Timex? Because they were watchdogs. 

171. Who knows how to use Roman Numerals? I for one. 

172. It was a terrible summer for Humpty Dumpty, but he had a great fall. 

173. What do you call a camel with no humps? Humphrey. 

174. Why did the pony ask for a glass of water? Because it was a little horse.

175. What does a house wear? A dress. 

176. What do you call a fish wearing a bowtie? Sofishticated.

177. What kind of drink can be bitter and sweet? Reali-tea.

178. What happens when frogs park illegally? They get toad. 

179. I have a fear of speed bumps… But I’m slowly getting over them. 

180. What do you call a fish with no eyes? Fsh. 

181. When does Friday come before Thursday? In the dictionary.

182. Why did the man fall down the well? Because he couldn’t see that well.

183. What type of bee can’t make up his mind? A maybe. 

184. What happens when a strawberry gets run over while crossing the street? Traffic jam. 

185. What do you call a rude cow? Beef jerky.

Final Words

Want to lighten the workplace mood with hilarious jokes? Maybe you want to start your presentation with a joke. Whatever the case, you can add any of these 150+ work-friendly jokes to your arsenal, so that you’re equipped to make anyone laugh. Have fun!

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