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10 HR video memes you wish you’d watched before

Hold onto your ergonomic chairs, folks, because we're about to take a wild ride through the ups, downs, and loop-de-loops of HR life! The following video-memes capture the essence of the HR experience like never before. So buckle up and get ready for some humor shots, hopefully combined with a few lessons learned along the way.

Alexandros Pantelakis
Alexandros Pantelakis

HR content specialist at Workable, delivering in-depth, data-driven articles to offer insights into industry and tech trends.


I get it, the 9-5 grind can feel monotonous at times. Amidst the cumbersome tasks, it’s highly recommended  to find moments of entertainment. While we equip you with all the resources and tech you need for HR, today, we’re taking it a step further by bringing you some lighthearted humor.

Just remember to keep those big laughs in check so you don’t disturb anyone!

Every video comes with a lesson, so let’s begin.

1. When you have good week of HRing

Congratulations! You had a successful and productive week in your human resources role.

This could include using cutting edge HR technology like our Workable Suite, achieving key objectives such as hiring new employees, managing employee relations effectively, implementing HR policies or initiatives, conducting training sessions, resolving conflicts, and generally contributing positively to the organization’s HR functions. Well done.

Receive this video as a reward for your good work.

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2. Return to work, please….

If you are among those striving to bring employees back to the office and searching for motivators, this video is for you. You are not alone.

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While remote work offers flexibility, the office provides a unique space for mentorship, team synergy, and professional growth.

We recognize your RTO efforts, which is why you can find many articles on that topic. From strategies and AI assistance, to what really works for your business and the potential benefits.

3. Update employee handbook

*plays error sound* – Yep, working in the HR department means you need to do that often. As your company grows, your technology changes, your sensitivity increases; there is a need for updating your employee handbook.
It’s your time to thrive, obviously:

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But keep cool. Consider the changes, foster transparency within your company, and make it genuinely helpful for your employees. We can almost feel your satisfaction when you confidently answer, “You’ll find this in your employee handbook, you *****.”

4. What is it like being in HR these days?

Caution: Skip this video if you’re prone to dizziness.
As the saying goes, “Nothing surprises me, I work in HR,” and we’re sure this video will resonate with you.

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A Chief People Officer (CPO) or a Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) holds a senior role tasked with managing an organization’s human resources and talent strategies.

They are primarily responsible for directing and optimizing all aspects of an organization’s human capital, including talent acquisition, development, retention, and overall employee experience.

Holding such a high-ranking position requires strong interpersonal skills for effective communication, empathy to understand and address employee needs, adaptability to navigate diverse situations, and leadership abilities to inspire your team.

Welcome to the world of executives, where every day is a roller-coaster ride, but it’s still a fun adventure!

5. We already answered that question…

Do you remember number 3? Well, forget it. People are always going to ask you things when you work in HR.

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One effective strategy to avoid this is by creating and maintaining a comprehensive FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) document – or confluence pages. You didn’t learn that from me.

By compiling answers to commonly asked questions about company policies, benefits, procedures, and other HR-related topics, employees can – hopefully – find the information they need without having to ask you directly.

I have to admit something, though. Many of them won’t read them, which drives us to the next one…

6. When employees don’t read HR emails

Don’t take it personally. It happens. People who have worked in customer service can tell you thousands of stories like this.

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One tip here, especially for urgent announcements, is to utilize every communication channel you have. You can send an email, ping them on your corporate messaging app, or take the megaphone and start shouting it to everyone (please don’t).

Another tip is to leverage personalization in your emails and clearly communicate expectations, following up as needed.

7. HR people navigating their tasks

You have a lot on your plate. You need to respond to requests, implement or write new policies, stay aligned with current legislation, follow specific processes, and ensure that everything is functioning properly.

You probably feel like this:


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Prioritization, organization, and collaboration are key. Utilize project management tools and systems to track requests, deadlines, and policy updates.

Establish clear processes for policy development and implementation, ensuring alignment with current legislation through regular reviews and updates.

Delegate tasks where possible, leveraging the expertise of team members, and communicate expectations clearly to ensure smooth functioning.

We hope we’ve been able to assist.

8. What about a pay raise?

Covid-19 and inflation have had a strong impact on the corporate world. Bonuses and raises were among the first to be affected. So how do you handle a request for a pay raise as an HR professional?

Certainly not like this:

Acknowledge the request with appreciation and empathy, explaining the current inability to offer raises due to constraints or policies.
Offer alternatives such as additional responsibilities or training opportunities. Assure them of ongoing advocacy and transparent communication regarding any future changes or opportunities.

9. Employee feedback survey leaked

Look how such an important tool in your organization can transform into a nightmare.

Leaking employee feedback survey results breaches trust, violates privacy, and hampers future participation. The leaker could be anyone from HR, managers, or IT staff.

It fosters a hostile environment, damages morale, and undermines transparency.

HR can prevent leaks by controlling access, providing training, establishing clear policies, using anonymous reporting, monitoring access, and promoting trust.

10. Trying to be strategic

Simply, you can’t do everything simultaneously. You need to prioritize because all your efforts would be like this:


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To be more strategic in HR, align HR activities with your organization’s goals. Understand the business deeply, use data for evidence-based decisions, and focus on impactful areas like talent management and organizational culture.

Build strong relationships across the organization to ensure HR initiatives support broader objectives.

Stay updated on workforce trends to adapt strategies proactively, positioning HR as a key player in achieving business success.

Feel free to share these videos with your colleagues in HR and let us know if you enjoyed them on the comments of our social media posts.

Until next time!

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