30 hilarious memes that perfectly sum up the lives of the millennial workforce

By Alex Harris

Updated May 31, 2023 at 01:57 PM

Reading time: 3 minutes

By 2025, it’s reported that millennials will make up 75 per cent of the workforce, effectively replacing Boomers and drastically reducing the representation of Generation X. And as Boomers enjoy their ‘well-deserved’ (according to them, not us) retirement in houses and flats they actually own instead of paying ridiculously expensive rent for, millennials—don’t even get us started on Gen Zers—are out there trying to keep their job even if it’s barely leading anywhere.

Enter ‘corporate millennial anxiety’, a very real feeling currently being fought against using not much else than wit and dry humour. Whether you’re a millennial yourself looking to tackle toxic work culture with meme bombs or a Gen Zer interested in learning more about (or making fun of) the woes of your elders, we’ve got you covered thanks to the Instagram account @corporate_millennial_memes, from which we selected 30 of the most hilarious memes we’ve ever seen.

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In both cases, alarms are set for 6:30 am, but somehow, ‘other people’ manage to do it all and still get to work on time. We’ll take option two any day of the week though.

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We’re unwell for sure, Brenda. There’s a reason we always answer our emails with ‘Best’ instead of ‘Best regards’.

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If only they truly knew the thoughts we have on a daily basis—especially at work…

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Honestly, we can’t complain about the ‘new normal’ when it comes to this one. It makes it way easier to avoid plans and we’re loving it.

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They love to see us suffer.

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It takes courage to not delete five of the six exclamation points you’ve included throughout an email. Well done you.

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Nothing to say here, just sobs…

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Why do we do this to ourselves? Every. damn. time.

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So proud of you. Can’t wait to reach full mental breakdown level by April.

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Sorry, not sorry.

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We’ve tested this one a couple of times. Sorry to say that it doesn’t always work.

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The dreaded ‘can I take my days off ?’ question…

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Zero respect, just like a Karen.

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Read between the lines, babes.

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Oopsie.

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At least it somewhat got slightly easier when on Zoom calls because we all know everyone’s looking at themselves.

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No Gerald, I did not want your actual opinion.

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Working nine to five, what a way to make a living. Barely getting by, it’s all taking and no giving.

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So glad we can catch up on this call, it’s not like I have 1,000 other things to do.

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The real ones out there.

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Oh, the anxiety that creeps up when we hear that ringtone…

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At least now you know where to find them.

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Amen to that.

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There’s always at least one that has to go…

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No, just no.

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The first email is always followed by a “Sorry, forgot the attached file.”

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Pure bliss.

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“I want to play a game…”

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Slay!

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No shame.

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