Making the right excuses to call off from work
Sometimes people can come up with all kinds of excuses as to why they cannot work. Such reasons could involve an illness or a family problem. Other excuses may be something that are very minor, but are heard frequently. Bosses may have heard this list of excuses quite so often:
"My car wouldn't start."
"The traffic was bad."
"My alarm clock didn't go off."
There are many other workers who decide not to work because they are plain lazy. "It's too beautiful a day to be working," one might say before taking a trip to the golf course. Many people use those lame excuses just to relax and unwind, rather than working.
When you need to make a late-minute request to get the day of from work, you need to have an excuse that could be serious or life threatening. It's something that will make sense, and real sounding. And you should tell the truth, too. Here are some of the usual excuses workers use to get out of work:
One common reason for workers to call off sick is exactly just that: illness. Any illness may turn out to be a high fever, upset stomach, or a bad cold. Hardly anybody likes to work all day with a burning forehead. But if for any reason you need to get periodic bed rest rather than going to your job, call the manager or supervisor and simply say, "I'm sorry, but I can't make it to work today because I do not feel well." It is important for your boss to be notified, otherwise just leave your message on an answering machine. Failing to do so increases a chance of dismissal from your employer.
Workers who need surgeries also need to tell their managers ahead of time. They may need to stay in hospitals for periods of time to receive operations. Don't be afraid that going to a hospital for an operation lasting a week will cost your own job. Many employers permit workers to return to their jobs after their surgeries.
Death or family issues
Another good excuse deals with family issues. A death of a family member, for example, is another common reason the employer needs time off from work. Of course, that could be unpredictable. But if you know a close family member who is extremely ill, it is a good idea to contact your manager and arrange for some time off so you can be with that loved one.
Weather sometimes hamper commutes. For example, it'll be very hard to drive in a foot of snow. Some winter storms bring crippling amounts of snow, enough to disrupt travel. If this was the case, local schools and some businesses would be forced to close.
On the other hand, some businesses will still remain open regardless of how much snow or ice has fallen in the area. If you feel like you can't handle drifting snow while driving, call your boss and say you can't make it. Perhaps you are in a snowbound and it will take a long time to clear the pathway and the driveway to get your car. Notify immediately. If an ice storm causes roads to be too slippery and treacherous for you, let the boss know you can't make it. You've used your common sense and your boss should understand that.
For court, you may be required to join jury duty at some point. If you find that you need to go to court to explain about a car accident or need to be a witness for someone, let the boss know ahead of time. For the sake of the judge as well as everybody else involved in a case, you need to attend the court session to provide evidence and explain what happened. A person involved in a trial could get prison time, so if you are a witness and need to be in court, do so.
You can always make up days that you are not scheduled to work to actually work. But a wise worker would be extremely loyal to his or her boss and tell the truth. Avoid calling in sick unless you truly are sick or it is absolutely necessary. If you want to attend a ball game, do it when you're not scheduled to work. Telling the truth to not only the head of the company, but also your entire employees can depict how trustworthy you are.