Is Your Voicemail Conspiring Against You?

business cartoon

There was a woman at one of my old jobs who was in a constant state of war with her voicemail. She was sure that phone was somehow plotting against her. Losing messages, ignoring calls, garbling audio… If there was a way to have trouble with voicemail, she had it.

One day her voicemail stopped working altogether. No error message, no half-recorded calls–just nothing, and lots of it. She was beside herself.

I stopped by her desk and suggested that maybe her phone was just ignoring her, and this cartoon manifested itself.

I have no idea if she and the phone ever came to terms, but I’d like to think so.


Mark Anderson Mark Anderson's cartoons appear in publications including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. His business cartoons are available for licensing at his website,

2 Reactions
  1. Ha ha ha! I howled with laughter when I saw this, Mark! Thanks for brightening up my day.

    – Anita

  2. Voicemail could be a “back and call” dilemma! 😉 Maybe iPhone’s virtual assistant, Siri, could solve the problem? 🙂