You have toiled yourself for hours, worked like a machine, dragged yourself to the pit of ultimate boredom and now, you just want to break through those shackles with which your employer has enchained you? Do you simply want to get up from that seat and stomp out of your office corridor like a boss, before time? Well, at some point or the other, we all go through the same situation. You might just be madly in love with your work but wanting to leave early one day does not de-legitimise your ‘work is worship’ motto, so to say. For such days when life seems like a droll and all the thoughts that come to your mind run on the lines of escapism, then this article is God-send for you. All of us are well aware by now that merely wanting things does not lead to their manifestation in the real, tangible world. You need to have a proper strategy planned in order to materialise your wishes and be your own genie. Consequently, you have to have a well thought-out reason established with you that would convince your employer to leave you early.
Want to know some of the excuses that can come handy when you want to leave work early? Here you go!
10. Family Emergency
The best thing about (fake) emergencies is that nobody is going to interrogate you regarding them at that very moment. On top of that, if you are successfully able to pass it off as an emergency that is related to your family, there is no stopping you! You might just have to mention a thing or two regarding the nature of your said emergency, in order to make it seem more authentic. However, beyond a few words, people generally do not expect a person to detail out the nitty-gritties of an emergency situation. But, there is a catch there, too. Once you leave work early and get back to the office the next day, be prepared to spin a yarn and hey, try not to get caught in that web of yours!
9. Feeling Blue
Anybody can fall sick, anytime of the day. Blame it on human anatomy! As they say make your weakness your strong point, you have to do that here, quite literally. Just pretend to be having a severe headache or stomachache. The peculiar quality that both of these possess is that nobody can actually measure it, unlike fever. They do not have any external symptoms like cold and cough. You need not have a Rudolph-red nose. You need not be hot as fire, literally. All you have to do is emote through your face and gestures that you are in utter pain. And, the only thing that can relieve you from that severe headache/stomachache is a the cozy comfort of your home. Make a puppy face and off you go!
8. It’s Baby Time
If you have a baby, then there is no way that your employer can actually bar you from going home early. Having said that, I do not mean that you can get away with work every now and then by bringing your child into the picture. You may say that your child has suddenly fallen ill or is in some sort of pain and that only you, your warmth, can put your child to rest. The key is to be as vague and as generic as possible. This would create a larger picture of parent-child love and you can swiftly move through it and leave work early.
7. Doctor’s Call
If you think you are not that good an actor and cannot feign sickness in front of the person whom you dread, then you might start off with a fairly simpler option. Just say that you have an appointment with your doctor. If doctor sounds too serious, say it’s a monthly dentist time. Your employer definitely does not want you to fall ill or else who will do the work! So, it should not be that big a problem with them. However, do not use this excuse way too often lest you scare your boss away with your mysterious prolonged illness.
6. Blood Donation
Doing good deeds takes you far. People appreciate you, and even look up to you if you, for instance, go out and donate blood. Try to keep your morals aside for a moment and tell your manager that you have to leave early to donate blood. There are really small chances that anybody would stop you from donating blood!
5. Special Occasion
Go to your boss and say that it is your anniversary today and you need to leave work early to meet your partner. However, make sure that you do not say it is your birthday as we all know that birthdays are commonly known. In fact, you can even say that it is your sister’s anniversary or your parents’ anniversary. Let it be a special occasion and you are good to go. This one can be a bit tricky, though. Just remember what you have told your employer because you do not want to celebrate any anniversary twice in a year!
4. Bank Work
The ultimate middle class problem of all times! Bank work. You cannot help it if banks get shut early in the evening. And, being a good employee, you have learnt the value of maintaining your accounts well and keeping a check on them, haven’t you? If you ask your employer to leave you early from work so that you can go and manage your bank accounts, chances are they would understand and might even give you a tip or two regarding dealing with the banks more efficiently. So, one simple excuse and you get so much out of it!
3. In The Name Of God
Theist-atheist, doesn’t matter. If your family has organised a religious ceremony, they expect you to be there. Even your employer, for that matter, would be very well aware of such situation. Use this as your excuse and simply say that you need to leave early because it’s the call of God. Now, if you have to attend a religious ceremony, chances are very slim that your manager would deny you an early leave. In addition to that, you might just seem to be a very sweet and cultured person, to everybody at the office. Just call God.
2. Parents Pick Up
When all else fails, there’s family, and rightly so! Now, your parents are coming all the way from your hometown to your worktown only to meet you. If you do not go to pick them from the station or the airport, it’d be too bad. Period. It’s not always that you have your parents in your city and so, use this excuse and come out as a goody-goody child of your parents in your employer’s eyes. Talk about double benefits, eh?
Because I Want To
Now, you ought to have some sass so as to be able to carry this out. You work so hard day in and day out, having an urge to leave work early is not that unreasonable a thing. As an employee, you have some basic rights. Apart from that, you have a personal life and you should be able to enjoy it, right? Try going full honest with your employer and see how it goes! We are not too sure of its success rate, but hey, it seems a grand, daring option. And if, by any chance, you do succeed, you then have a great story to tell!