Top Ten Differences Between You and Your Boss - Jokes

  1. When you take a long time, you’re slow.
  2. When your boss takes a long time, he’s thorough.
  3. When you don’t do it, you’re lazy.
  4. When your boss doesn’t do it, he’s too busy.
  5. When you make a mistake, you’re an idiot.
  6. When your boss makes a mistake, he’s only human.
  7. When doing something without being told, you’re overstepping your authority.
  8. When your boss does the same thing, that’s initiative.
  9. When you take a stand, you’re being pig-headed.
  10. When your boss does it, he’s being firm.
  11. When you overlooked a rule of ettiquette, you’re being rude.
  12. When your boss skips a few rules, he’s being original.
  13. When you please your boss, you’re arse-creeping.
  14. When your boss pleases his boss, he’s being co-operative.
  15. When you’re out of the office, you’re wandering around.
  16. When your boss is out of the office, he’s on business.
  17. When you’re on a day off sick, you’re always sick.
  18. When your boss has a day off sick, he must be very ill.
  19. When you apply for leave, you must be going for an interview.
  20. When your boss applies for leave, it’s because he’s overworked.


  1. “They told me at the blood bank this might happen.”
  2. “I wasn’t sleeping, I was trying to pick up contact lens without hands.”
  3. “I wasn’t sleeping! I was meditating on the mission statement and envisioning a new paradigm!”
  4. “Amen”
  5. “This is just a 15 minute power-nap like they raved about in the last time management course you sent me to.”
  6. “Whew! Guess I left the top off the liquid paper”
  7. “I was doing a highly specific Yoga exercise to relieve work related stress.”
  8. “This is one of the seven habits of highly effective people!”
  9. “Boy, that cold medicine I took last night just won’t wear off!”
  10. “Darn! Why did you interrupt me? I had almost figured out a solution to our biggest problem.”


  1. Stand up and act indignant. Demand that the boss tell you the ‘real’ reason this meeting has been called.
  2. Spill coffee on the conference table. Produce a little paper boat and sail it down the table.
  3. During a meeting, each time the boss makes an important point, (or at least one he/she seems to consider important), make a little noise like you are building up to an orgasm.
  4. Stay behind as everyone else, including the boss, leaves. Thank them for coming.
  5. Give a broad wink to someone else at the table. In time, wink at everyone. Sometimes shake your head just a little, as if to indicate that the speaker is slightly crazy and everybody knows it.
  6. Arrange to have a poorly-dressed young woman with an infant quietly enter the meeting, stare directly at the (male) speaker for a while, burst into tears, then leave the room.
  7. Bring a hand puppet, preferably an animal. Ask it to clarify difficult points.
  8. When there is a call for questions, lean back in your chair, prop your feet up on the table, smile contentedly, and say, “Well, here’s the way I see it, J.B…” (or any other impressive-sounding initials that are not actually your boss’s.)
  9. Complain loudly that your neighbour won’t stop touching you. Demand that the boss make him/her stop doing it.
  10. Bring a small mountain of computer printouts to the meeting. If possible, include some old-fashioned fanfold paper for dramatic effect. Every time the speaker makes a point, pretend to check it in one of the printouts. Pretend to find substantiating evidence there. Nod vigorously, and say “uh-huh, uh-huh!”

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