November 15, 2021

Maggie Smith GIFs for annoying coworkers

Sometimes it’s hard to find the right words to respond to the things you hear at work. Here are some GIFs from Downton Abbey that capture the right sentiment instead.

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1

When a funder asks for ‘better pictures’ of your programme to put on their website, because the ‘kids don’t look poor enough’ in the ones you sent.

Violet Crawley (played by Maggie Smith), from Downtown Abbey, saying "Here we go"-Maggie Smith Downton Abbey
GIF courtesy: GIPHY

2

When your boss takes credit for your work. Again.

Violet Crawley from Downtown Abbey, saying "Well, we can't have him assassinated...I suppose."-Maggie Smith Downton Abbey
GIF courtesy: GIPHY

3

When another nonprofit that does the same work as yours lands that funding opportunity that you’ve unsuccessfully applied to for three years in a row.

Violet Crawley from Downtown Abbey, saying "Dreadful."-Maggie Smith Downton Abbey
GIF courtesy: GIPHY

4

When a board member keeps hinting that you should bring their nephew who has a PhD in art history on as a consultant for your next RCT, because ‘he did research for his PhD’.

Violet Crawley from Downtown Abbey, saying "I forbid it."-Maggie Smith Downton Abbey
GIF courtesy: GIPHY

5

Your funder’s reaction when you tell them that you won’t be able to scale your programme from 3 districts to 76 districts in 4 months.

Violet Crawley from Downtown Abbey, saying "Don't be defeatist, dear. It's very middle-class."-Maggie Smith Downton Abbey
GIF courtesy: GIPHY

6

When your CSR funder calls you out for underspending their grant by INR 6,537 and tells you that they will need a letter from your auditor to explain why this has happened.

Violet Crawley from Downtown Abbey, saying "I cannot find the words to say how I feel."-Maggie Smith Downton Abbey
GIF courtesy: GIPHY

7

Every time you see someone writing paragraphs of appreciation for themselves on LinkedIn.

Violet Crawley from Downtown Abbey, making a judgemental face-Maggie Smith Downton Abbey
GIF courtesy: GIPHY

8

When you’ve been part of a panel discussion for 45 minutes and still haven’t had a chance to speak because there are six other panelists and the moderator is still going through a ‘quick round of introductions’.

Violet Crawley from Downtown Abbey, saying "Keep siling. And never look as if you disapprove."-Maggie Smith Downton Abbey
GIF courtesy: GIPHY
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