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10 Best and Worst Excuses for Missing Work

By Michele Marrinan, Monster Contributing Writer



Not-So-Smart Excuse: I Have a Personal Emergency





This one is so vague that it rarely works. It could mean anything from fatigue to an appointment with your hairdresser, and your boss knows it.



The Takeaway

Don’t lie, no matter which excuse you use. “I’m not a believer in playing hooky, because it always comes back to you,” Nierenberg says. “Don’t lie to your boss, your supervisor or your clients. You’re guaranteed they will be the ones you’ll run into while you’re walking down the street in your jeans.”


Quiz: What’s YOUR Perfect Excuse?



What’s the best (or worst) excuse you’ve used to get out of work? Comment below!



More Work-Life Balance Resources:

22 Affordable Ways to De-stress
6 Ways Healthcare Workers Can Beat Burn-Out
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Top 10 Tips to Balance Work/Life
Ten Tips for Staying Happy at Work


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    bossman

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    I TOOK TODAY OFF BECAUSE ALL THE EQUIPMENT WE USE AT WORK IS FAULTY AND I GET SICK OF IT. I DONT KNOW IF THAT STATEMENT MAKES IT JUSTIFIED. FRANKLY DON'T GIVE A SHIT. GOT TO SPEND THE DAY WITH MY FAMILY. SO IM HAPPY. YOU WANT ME TO SHOW UP, GIVE SOMEONE MORE THAN A BUCK FIFTY RAISE AFTER WORKING THERE SIX AND A HALF YEARS.

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    myinnbox

    about 5 years ago

    4 comments

    Playing golf with a client won't work for 99% of us!

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    No Longer Practicing

    over 5 years ago

    I'M RETIRED NOW, BUT MY FAVORITE EXCUSE ON THE RARE OCCASIONS THAT I CALLED IN SICK WAS: "I NEED A MENTAL HEALTH DAY" IT SEEMS TO WORK BECAUSE YOUR BOSS DOESN'T KNOW IF YOU HAVE MENTAL PROBLEMS OR NOT & THEY DON'T WANT TO RISK CAUSING YOU TO HAVE A MELTDOWN!

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    briankgettelfinger

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    glad this article ended with the advice "don't lie". dishonesty and deception happens too often in other contexts anyway. and most often "the truth comes out"

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    saem

    over 5 years ago

    10 comments

    My husband's employee once apologized for being hours late because he had an appointment to get his bass woofers installed.

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    saem

    over 5 years ago

    10 comments

    There are enough real-life problems that can come between you and work -- it's just totally foolish to invent fake ones and then have to take MORE time off for the real ones.

  • Otoldie_max50

    OTOldie

    over 5 years ago

    68 comments

    "Death in the family" is never a good excuse unless it's a truthful one! What bad taste to lie about such a thing!

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