Be Thankful If You Don’t See These Less-Than-Inspiring Posters at Work

The source of the following irreverent, satirical sayings comes from Despair, Inc:

  • “Just because you’re necessary doesn’t mean you’re important.”
  • “Sometimes the best solution to morale problems is just to fire all of the unhappy people.”
  • “The best leaders inspire by example. When that’s not an option, brute intimidation works pretty well, too.”
  • “The secret to success is knowing who to blame for your failures.”
  • “It’s lonely at the top, but it’s comforting to look down upon everyone at the bottom.”
  • “Your role may be thankless, but if you’re willing to give it your all, you just might bring success to those who outlast you.”

Despair, Inc. wouldn’t be successful if its tongue-in-cheek demotivational posters didn’t resonate with people. The company’s satire is an effective way to deal with shallow engagement efforts.

So if you see any of these posters in an office, I hope it’s based on the manager’s sense of humor. C’mon, would you want to work in a company where these quotes reflect its true culture?


  • Sybil F. Stershic November 21, 2012 Reply

    @Lenny, how awful! I’ve worked for a few toxic bosses earlier in my career who were more people-oriented – seriously – yet didn’t know how to effectively communicate with and manage employees.
    @Chris, good reminder that business professionals also need to be wary of working with such clients.

  • lenny diamond November 21, 2012 Reply

    I had a boss who thought (and stated periodically) that people were the problem, not the solution. How would u like to work for someone like that? Tx for the post, Sybil.

  • Chris Bonney November 20, 2012 Reply

    I think I’ve had a few clients who worked by some of those principles.

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