Team messaging tools such as Slack and HipChat do wonders to streamline our day-to-day communications at work. But what about those times when you know what you want to say, but words (and your standard arsenal of pictures and GIFs) fail you?

Trust me, we've been there too. Maybe you're suffering from caffeine deprivation and can't find the strength to type. Or, on a lighter note, perhaps you simply want to thank someone for doing you a favor, but can't find the right words to express your gratitude. 

For situations like these, we created this set of 10 responses that are guaranteed to improve your work chats, make you more popular, and lower your cholesterol by 50%. Well ... maybe just the first one.

Want to download them all in one fell swoop? Click here.

10 Awesome Illustrations to Use in Your Team's Chat Room 

1) "Crushing it."

Crushing It

Finished a project ahead of schedule? Big launch go better than planned? Dropped a cement block on a priceless Fabergé egg? You, my friend, are crushing it.

2) "Coffee break?"

Coffee Break

Fight the physical & mental fatigue with the magic that is roasted beans and hot water. 

3) "Let’s roll."

Let's Roll

There are places to go, people to see, and big things to do. Reserve this illustration for when you're on a serious mission.

4) "It's beer o'clock."

Beer O'Clock

You know what time it is.

5) "Meetings are good."

Meetings Are Good

“Welcome to the subcommittee meeting to determine the schedule of future subcommittee meetings." Sound familiar?

6) "Case of the Mondays."

Bad Case of the Mondays

For when things go terribly wrong. Houston, we’re gonna need a bigger boat.

7) "I have no idea what I'm doing."

No Idea What I'm Doing

There's nothing wrong with being honest -- we all end up here at some point.

8) "Success."

Success Llama

Aw yeah. True happiness is a grinning llama rocking a 36” chain ... isn't it?

9) "We're experiencing technical difficulties."

Technical Difficulties

Something just went down? Use this illustration to alert your team that it should be back up and running shortly.

10) "Thank you!"

Thank You

There’s never a bad time to express your gratitude.

What other illustrations do you wish you had to express yourself? Let us know what we missed in the comments section below. 

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Originally published Dec 16, 2015 6:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017