7 Ways to Express Common Workplace Sentiment in GIF Form

Nov 15, 2017 | Stephen Jackson

So, let’s say you either run or work for a small business. It’s a pretty common scenario, given that there are 28.8 million small businesses in the U.S., accounting for 99.7 percent all business done in our country.

Now let’s look at an even more common practice: writing an email at work. In fact, one study found that the average worker sends about 40 emails a day, which comes out to around 9269 billion emails sent per day, worldwide.

Where am I going with this? Well, perhaps it’s time to spice up those work emails with a little something extra. Maybe it’s time for some GIFs, the tiny moving images that give so much and ask so little. To that end, I’ve rounded up a few gems for you to use around the virtual office, complete with suggested usages.

But first, cruise on over to this handy guide on how to embed a GIF into an email. Don’t be that guy who sends one as an attachment!


Perfect for the timid email to the IT guy to fix something you really ought to know how to do by now, let this whimsical number cut the tension.

The Graceful Bow-Out-of-Happy-Hour

While this one is best suited for the new parents out there, it could also be used as a non-sequitur way to get out of semi-obligatory post-work alcohol consumption.

Hey, How’s That Project Coming Along?

It’s a classic question usually eliciting a standard answer. But does it have to be that way? Alternatively, this one can be used to accompany the phrase “I’m just circling back with you about ___.”

No Thanks, I Brought My Lunch

No workplace GIF would be complete with at least a small h/t to The Office. Here’s an innovative way to let your buddy know you won’t be headed to the food trucks today.


Working from home is a special thing. And it deserves a special GIF. Bonus points if you have an actual shiba inu of your own!

A Big Thanks

This one is great on its own because… who doesn’t like Tom Hanks? But it gets into meta territory when the recipient realizes it’s from Hanks’ breakout hit, Big.

Mind = Blown

Here’s a great way to express to someone in that you were really impressed by the excellent quality of their work. It can also be sent without comment. It sums up so much about navigating today’s complicated world.