20 Good Excuses To Get Out Of Work Today

Added by Edan Barak on Jul 25, 2018
excuses to get out of work today

Sometimes life just gets a little too much and you really need a break. The weeks always seem too long and the weekends disappear in a flash. Who decided weeks should be five days long and weekends only two days, anyway? From time to time, all we need is a little extra day here or there to catch up on ourselves.

Sadly, for some unexplained reason, bosses never seem to understand our predicament. I mean, the fact that we overslept because we had a few too many glasses of wine over the weekend to forget the week from hell is hardly our fault, is it? Well, if bosses don't see eye to eye with us, then maybe it's time to take matters into our own hands! Who's with me?

Next time you're feeling lousy, ill, or just plain fed up with work, here are some plausible excuses for missing work that you might want to try. Just a few tips; firstly, avoid anything morbid involving other members of your family (death of a loved one, that kind of thing). Even if you aren't superstitious, it still leaves a bad taste in the mouth. And secondly, be careful with this. Use too many excuses and your boss is less likely to believe you, and of course there's always the chance that he or she might check up on you.


Driving course

Sometimes, if you get caught speeding (or some other minor driving offence), you'll be told to take a course designed to help you drive more safely. Take the course, or lose your licence. Tell your boss that you've been given this ultimatum, and you've chosen the course, so need the time off work. Of course, you can only really use this excuse if driving is not a main part of your job - if you're a truck, taxi or delivery driver you don't want to risk being fired for a fake misdemeanor!


Personal reasons

It's similar to the general 'appointment' excuse, this one. The difference is that this doesn't necessarily have to be doctor-related. 'Personal reasons' for having time off work could range from medical reasons to family emergencies, and everything in between. If you approach this one with a serious face and tone of voice, your boss probably won't ask too many questions. If they do, you're well within your rights to say it's something you'd rather not discuss. That is what the word 'personal' means, after all! If you're not keen on actually lying to your boss, then this is probably the best excuse for you - your boss doesn't need to know that your 'personal reason' is that you need to catch up on the newest season of 24!



Everyone needs a good, hearty breakfast to start the day! Say that you were cooking yourself a nice hot something, but you burnt yourself and need to head to E.R. This is the sort of thing that's relatively easy to fake, as you can wrap a couple of bandages round your hand when you return to work, and nobody will ask you to reveal all!


Animal problems

This is a great one if you have a particularly animal loving boss. Phone in and say that you hit a dog with your car on the way to work. You can't just leave it lying there on the side of the road, so you'll have to take it to the vet. Any boss would be cold hearted and cruel to deny you this one, but do try to look a bit teary eyed and shaken up when you recount the story the next day.


Locked out

If you're only looking for one day off work, then you could pretend that you've locked your keys in the car. If you tell your boss that you've phoned a locksmith who said it could be several hours before he makes his way to you, it'll make you look proactive and like you're actually trying to get to work. This is a particularly good excuse if you're a naturally scatty person, but be wary in case the boss offers to swing round and give you a lift!

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