Excuses for Missing School or Work: The Good and The Bad

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Admit it, we’ve all experienced waking up to a beautiful day–a lovely morning with the chirping of the birds while the rays of the sun hit the bedroom windows. The only thing that ruins the mood is the fact that you have to attend school or work soon.

Wouldn’t it be nice to just relax on this day? Perhaps, you have been going through a lot of stress and anxiety in school or in your workplace and you truly need a break. You can actually excuse yourself from all these stress; however, you must choose your reasons wisely.

Many students and employees end up going for lame and bad excuses; and in almost all of those cases, their reasons are not believed by the employers. Most probably, they end up getting more penalties and punishments. The best solution is to present an excuse that is truly convincing.

The Good

  • Health Problems

Perhaps one of the most common and effective excuses to miss school or work is because of health problems. Whether you have real or fake flu, excessive migraine, fever, severe stomach pains, some employers may raise their eyebrows when you give this as a reason; however, if you can back it up with a doctor’s note, they will have no questions.

  • Family Issues

You can also get away with work if your reasons pertain to family issues such as your parent or child getting sick (fever, flu, etc.) Other reasons may include needing to babysit the new born baby because the baby sitter did not show up or you may simply tell your professor or boss that there was a family emergency, you need not to disclose details as it is personal.

  • Household Emergencies

Leaky pipes, exploding toilets or any needed household emergency repairs may also be good excuses to miss work. Your boss cannot force you to go to work since you will have to prioritize your home.

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The Bad

  • Fake Death of Family

This excuse is overused and almost always unbelievable especially if you have used this reason more than once. Also, if you are caught in this type of lie, your co-workers and employers might question your ethics forever.

  • Personal Getaways

It’s also best to not be too blunt and honest with your boss; saying “Sorry boss/professor, I prefer to go to the beach more than attending work/class” might lead to detention or extermination and we don’t really want that. So do not present your “personal getaways” as an excuse to miss work or school, ever.

  • Hangover and Parties

Probably the worst excuse to tell you boss or teacher is that you have extreme headache because you got drunk last night. Try to disclose only until the headache information and omit the reasons as to why you have it.

The Bottom Line

In the end, don’t use the same excuse too many times as they will really be doubtful. And if possible, present a proof or evidence to back up your claim so they won’t have doubts or anything against you.