What's Your Excuse For Calling Out Of Work?
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
Calling in sick is a widely used excuse whether employees are sick or not.
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.