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Workplace Absence Excuses

People never seem to run out of creative reasons for being out of the office, a new survey shows. Executives were asked to describe the most imaginative explanations they’ve heard from employees requesting time off. Among them: "I just got a new tattoo and need a few days to recover." Other responses included the following:

"I need time to find myself."
"I need a day off because it’s supposed to snow."
"My cat has hairballs."
"The pool is broken."
"I have plastic surgery scheduled."
"I’m going to jail."
"I'm taking three days off to sing in the opera!"
"I'm going to be in a kick-boxing contest."
"My partner and I need to practice for the square-dancing contest in town today."
"I'm taking a few days off to start my own business."
"I'll be out this afternoon on job interviews."
"I need a leave of absence to try another job. But if it doesn't work out I'd like to come back."



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