New York employers often hear some very odd excuses for missing work from their employees.
Most employers have strict attendance policies for their staff, and those who do not abide by the rules can be subjected to written warnings or even termination.
That said, legitimate excuses for missing work do exist and usually allow workers to miss work while retaining their jobs.
We look at a few of the most legitimate excuses for missing work below.
10 Legitimate Excuses For Missing A Day Of Work
1. Calling Out For An Illness or Injury
Most employers prefer sick and contagious staff stay home so as not to infect the rest of the office, but after a certain amount of days off for illness or injury, a doctor’s note may be required.
Some employers allocate a certain number of sick days per year.
If you are taking more than the allotted amount of sick days, a doctor’s note is advisable.
2. Missing Work For A Family Emergency
Parents of children often get called home from work to tend to sickness. Employees may also have to take time off to assist ill parents or other family members.
Missed work may be due to family emergencies related to personal matters. Some companies give employees a set number of “personal days” which can be used in these situations
3. Bereavement Days For A Family Death
Most employers offer an allowance – bereavement days – to attend the funerals of immediate family members, parents, siblings and children and consider these events to be an excused absence.
4. Car Trouble Or Transportation Issues
There are many call-ins at work for employees reporting car trouble such as non-starting vehicles or broken down cars during the commute.
However, this excuse is also commonly used even when vehicles are not having trouble.
If you do break down on the way to work, try getting your car in for service and taking mass transportation — employers will be appreciative of your efforts, especially during busy periods!
5. Taking A Mental Health Day
Some employees will call off of work to get a break from the stress. Mental health days are often last-minute decisions for employees who want an unplanned day off.
This is what “personal days” are for, if you haven’t had to use them for family emergencies.
6. Doctor Appointments
Doctor appointments and other types of appointments that must be taken care of during business hours are another reason people miss work or leave work early.
Some personal matters that can not be conducted on the weekends must be tended to during the work week, prompting employees to call in sick if employers do not allow for time off to tend to appointments and other personal business.
Speak to your employer; ask if they prefer you come in late or leave early to attend to an important doctors appointment. Showing that you take your responsibilities seriously will be appreciated by your employer.
7. Taking Care Of A House Emergency
Employees often call off work to tend to house emergencies such as leaking pipes, power outage, or other random emergency that requires a person to stay at home to deal with the issues.
8. Being Summoned To Jury Duty
Jury duty is typically an excused absence from work. Employers handle jury duty requirements differently, but will typically allow employees to perform their civic duty without a hassle.
The court will provide you with proof of serving which can be given to your employer.
9. Attending Events
Some employees will schedule time off or take an unscheduled vacation day in order to attend events occurring during the workday or to recoup from events attended during the previous evening.
Parents often leave work during the day to attend school events – including plays, graduations and volunteering on school trips.
Planning these days in advance is always better than last minute absences – your employers are counting on you and will likely not appreciate a last minute decision to take a day off.
Many employees who oversleep and miss the start of the shift will call off rather than show up late to work.
Consider your circumstances and your employer. Honesty and late arrival should be more appreciated than a last minute “no show.”