Top 10 Excuses for Leaving Work Early

Added by Edan Barak on Apr 10, 2021

You managed to wake up on time, dress up nicely for work, commuted through soul-numbing traffic, and finally gotten yourself to the office - and suddenly you find yourself needing to think up an excuse to get the hell out of there.

It's happened to all of us. It could be some emergency that drops on you on a sunny Tuesday morning, out of the blue. Maybe it's not so much an emergency as a personal issue - we all have a personal life outside of work, and sometimes it can creep into our work time if we like it or not. Heck, could be you just don't feel like working today and - as long as it doesn't happen too often - that could be legitimate too.

You need a good list of excuses that won't leave you fumbling for straws when the boss asks that dreaded question, "Why?".

For those of you who are looking for a day off from work, we just published an excellent list of excuses to get out of work for the day. There are 20 employee-tested options to choose from.


Dentist Appointment

Tooth pain is one of the worst kinds of pain, and your boss knows it as well. You'll need to plan a day or two ahead for this one, and maybe take a few acting lessons to increase believability.

Let me paint the scene for you:
- You've been miserable for the past two days because of pain in your canine/molar.
- You've already made an appointment with your dentist whose very popular, and extremely busy.
- His secretary informed you that today's the only day he can take you, and there'll be no further appointments in the next few weeks.
- A hint of pain just shot up your nerve and into your jaw, and you cry out in pain as you pack your things and leave the office.

Ready? Action!



The most common of excuses, and therein lies the problem.

I mean, you're sitting/standing, right there in front of your boss looking quite alright, unbloodied, not throwing up or dying, so what's the problem, right?

Most bosses will be happy to let you out early if you plead sickness, especially if it's some infectious disease like the flu. They'll be more worried about their own and the other employees well-being and prefer you to be far away from the office.

You could also plead a terrible stomach or headache, and mention you need to see the doctor immediately.

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