Stock Images, Stressed Workers, and Sea Monsters

Even his immaculately trimmed eyebrows were no consolation for his manic work-schedule.

Even his immaculately trimmed eyebrows were no consolation for his manic work-schedule.

 

In the wonderful and weird world of business stock images, one of the popular genres is stressed workers.


Maybe it’s the fact that in so many images they have to adopt perma-grins, stare intently into the prosperous business future, and be so annoyingly over-enthusiastic that has led them to being stressed out in other pictures.


Let’s take the example of Jason, who is surrounded by 101 co-workers, (well four actually, but you get the idea....) all pressing him him with things to do by yesterday.


There’s calls to answer, reports to go over, and perhaps even someone’ cat to feed. I am not sure what the cat is doing in the office, but that’s for another day....


Jason’s friend, BIll, tries to help out by offering a stress-reducing donut.....

 

 

The donut on top top of three cans of Red Bull probably wasn’t going to help much.

The donut on top top of three cans of Red Bull probably wasn’t going to help much.

 

How he is managing to stay up on the ceiling like that is anyone’s guess...

 

 


 

Instituting ‘bring your pet to work day’ on Fridays was turning out to be a mistake.

Instituting ‘bring your pet to work day’ on Fridays was turning out to be a mistake.

 

Now he’s stressed due to the fact that he’s about to become a giants squids lunch.

In a recent survey, six out of ten office workers said that being eaten by a giant sea monster would be a stressful event. The other four said that it would come as welcome relief.

In the same building as Jason’s office, is the office of John. Here he is looking stressed and flanked by two towering piles of paperwork.

 

He was beginning to regret blowing his last bonus on his mohican.

He was beginning to regret blowing his last bonus on his mohican.

Not only are there piles of work to do building up, but also his desk has been infested by weasels.

 

He always hated it when this happened.

He always hated it when this happened.

 

Of course, some folks would say that they have the odd rodent or two in their own office, but that they’re usually of the shirt and tie wearing variety.

Let’s move down the corridor and look in at Sheila.

 

The paperless office wasn’t really coming along.

The paperless office wasn’t really coming along.

 

Sheila is stressed due to her messy desk.


 

That reminded her that she really must get around to apologizing to her neighbours for what happened to their pug.

That reminded her that she really must get around to apologizing to her neighbours for what happened to their pug.


Fortunately for her, her pet anaconda, Bob, has volunteered to eat the files. She is considering asking him to consume her boss as well, but is concerned that it might effect her bonus.


Finding the right stock image can be a bit of a stressful experience. Especially when you have to wade the cheesy swamp that is sometimes business stock images.



There are so many images to plough through, some of them might be actually quite good - but it might take you an age to find them.


Even if you do find a suitable image, it might be already in use on a bunch of others sites. The most commonly seen images are the ones that pop up in the first few search results. So you’re going to have to put in a bit more work if you want yourself to stand out.



One easy way of standing out is simply to have your images drawn for you.


Unique images that are tailoring specifically to suit you and your message.


You can even have pictures featuring weasels, giant squid and other such strange critters if you so desire....even such pics might not be as strange of some of the business images you can already see!


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