Sometimes, you just can’t bring yourself to go to work – you might be sick, have an appointment, or just need a break. If your company has a paid time off (PTO) policy, you might not have to give a reason – maybe you just need to give a week’s notice. But, you still feel like you need an excuse for missing work, just in case.
40% of employees have called in sick in the past
year when they weren’t sick.
28% of employees have a PTO policy, but still
feel the need to share an excuse for missing work.
Over 33% of employees have come to work sick so
they can save their sick days for when they aren’t sick but want a day off.
43% of employers have caught an employee lying
about being sick by checking their social media accounts.
The Best Excuses
If you’re going to miss work, tell the truth. Even if you’re using a “good” excuse, getting
caught in a lie could cost you your job. There’s always a chance that your boss
will check on you to see if you’re lying, so play it safe and tell the truth.
If you know you’re going to miss work (for example, if you
have a doctor’s appointment), give your boss as much notice as possible. If
you’re scheduling your time off, you usually won’t have to give an excuse at
If you’re calling in today, you’ll probably have to tell
your boss why you’re missing work. But, keep your excuse short and sweet. You
don’t need to tell your boss your entire life’s story just to say, “My car
broke down, and I can’t find another ride.” The more information you give your
boss, the more they’ll think you’re lying, and the better chances you have that
they’ll check in on you.
If you do have to give a reason for missing work, what are
some of the best reasons?
You’re experiencing major car problems.
You have a doctor’s appointment.
Your kid has a doctor’s appointment.
Your kid is sick.
A pipe burst, and your house is flooded.
Your kid’s school closed unexpectedly.
Your babysitter cancelled, and you can’t find anyone
else to watch your kid.
There’s a death in your family.
You have food poisoning.
The Worst Excuses
There are also some excuses you should always avoid, even if
the excuse is true. CareerBuilder talked to managers who have actually heard
some of these excuses:
A bear is in your yard, and you’re afraid to
leave the house.
You ate the toothpick in your food at a
Your uniform doesn’t fit.
There’s not enough gas in your car.
Your dog ate your car keys.
Your artificial nails fell off, so you have to
get a manicure.
Your roots are showing, and you can’t come in
looking like that.
You got arrested.
You stubbed your toe.
What’s the weirdest excuse you’ve ever heard for missing work?