Friday, 23 August 2013

Absurd but kinda necessary-10 excuses for missing work


Smart excusesI've Earned It: No one can argue with performance. Co
Here are 10 excuses -- five smart and five not-so-smart -- to help you save face and your sanity at work.


Smart excuses
I've Earned It: No one can argue with performance. Come in two or three hours early -- or stay late -- for a week or two. Then negotiate a day off in advance. "Really work when you're there, so you'll be able to feel good about taking time off," says Andrea Nierenberg, president of The Nierenberg Group, a management consulting and personal marketing practice.
I'm Playing Golf with a Client: For this one to work, you've got to have a job t
I'm Playing Golf with a Client: For this one to work, you've got to have a job that requires you to meet and court current and prospective clients. Neil Simpkins, an account executive at Oxford Communications, has used this one successfully. One note of caution: Meet the client; don't just say you did. 
I Have a Doctor's Appointment: This excuse will get you out of work for a half-d
I Have a Doctor's Appointment: This excuse will get you out of work for a half-day or so. Make the appointment first thing in the morning or late in the day, say around 3 p.m. You can leave the office by 2:30 p.m. and get home (hopefully) by 4 p.m. The shortened day will help you recharge, especially if you schedule it on a Friday afternoon.
I'm Working from Home: This is an excellent way to give yourself a break if your
I'm Working from Home: This is an excellent way to give yourself a break if your company allows it. Although you'll need to do some work at home, you can generally get away with a shortened day. And you'll eliminate your commuting time. 

I Have Cramps: Before you dismiss this one, think about it: Who can argue?
I Have Cramps: Before you dismiss this one, think about it: Who can argue? "It's such an embarrassing topic that nobody will ever challenge it," says Jennifer Newman, vice president of Lippe Taylor Public Relations. She has used this excuse -- and had it used on her -- successfully. "It's one of those things that men honestly have no clue about, and women can sympathize with,." One important point: Don't use this one if you're a man. It'll never work. 


Here are some of the worst excuses to use. These excuses could make your boss yell at you.
Here are some of the worst excuses to use. These excuses could make your boss yell at you.


I Have a Personal Emergency: This one is so vague that it rarely works. It could
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.
I Can't Get My Car Out of the Garage: This is another one that Mobley didn't buy
I Can't Get My Car Out of the Garage: This is another one that Mobley didn't buy. An employee said that a power failure was preventing him from opening his power-operated garage door. "I reminded him that there's a pull chain on it for just such cases," she says. 
I'm Too Sleepy: When she was a manager at IBM, Marilynn Mobley heard it all. Thi
I'm Too Sleepy: When she was a manager at IBM, Marilynn Mobley heard it all. This one still makes her laugh: The employee apparently took Tylenol 3 with codeine instead of a vitamin, because the bottles looked alike.
There's a Death in the Family: Don't ever use this excuse if it's not true. Your
There's a Death in the Family: Don't ever use this excuse if it's not true. Your employer will lose all trust in you. "I had an employee whose mother died -- twice," says David Wear, a Virginia PR executive. "He also had the misfortune of losing all his grandparents -- 12 of them -- during a two-year period."
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