This blog is about making your work day more effective and helping employees perform better, but we don’t have to be serious all the time. This week, let’s grab some coffee, take a break and enjoy a chuckle. Here are 11 hilarious and true stories from work – just to lighten your day.
“Someone had left an abandoned bag at the base of Space Mountain for more than fifteen minutes, so we followed the normal security procedures, and they brought a bomb dog out to sniff it.
When our Pluto came to check the bag, he sniffed it and then sat down, which signals there is something wrong. So we had to evacuate all of Tomorrowland, literally all of the attractions/stores/restaurants, and all the cast members were standing at all of the entrances freaking out, because now we were sure a bomb was going to go off, and we would all die.
It turned out that the backpack was just forgotten and full of carne asada burritos, and Pluto sat down because he thought he was getting a treat.”
“Once my boss challenged me to a shot contest at the start of the night. I blacked out shortly thereafter, but when I came in to work the next day, I had received the new nickname of ‘Steak Pants.” I never asked what I did to get this nickname, and I really don’t want to know.”
I asked the candidate if he considered himself a punctual person. He responded with, “well I’m not a grammar Nazi or anything.”
“In the late 90s, I was working for Tivoli Systems, which had just been acquired by IBM, and was working on a deal with Charles Schwab. At this time, enterprise software sales representatives always wore suits and ties, even on Fridays. We were actually much more formal than other parts of the country.
However, while my first Charles Schwab meeting cemented our relationship for the deal, it also challenged my wardrobe choices. To my surprise, when I entered the meeting at Charles Schwab, they claimed it was a ‘no tie zone’ and proceeded to cut off my tie and pin it to the wall. Ultimately, we closed the deal (my biggest yet), which resulted in the ongoing joke that I could now afford to buy a new tie.”
I asked the user if she could right click on her desktop so she could select properties and she said nothing was happening. Again I asked kindly if she could right click on her desktop again and tell me what she sees. Again she said nothing is happening… when I got to her office, I saw the funniest thing. I saw the word “click” written in ink on a paper tablet on her desktop.
“We all use our own laptops. For better ergonomics, some people use empty boxes to make them eye level, but the cleaning lady keeps throwing the boxes away on us,” says Jen Seitz, content manager for Boatsetter.
The job candidate in question listed the following weaknesses at the bottom: “My looks can be a distraction in the workplace to members of the opposite sex (and in some cases the same sex). I have been told I am an overly generous lover. The filter between my brain and my mouth does not always operate as it should.”