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16 Good Believable Excuses for Missing Work

There are days in everyone’s life when having one of these 16 good believable excuses for missing work can be a godsend.

Ron Kline is a 71-year-old plumber from Ohio. For the last 50 years, he worked for the same company. In those 50 years, he has never missed a day of work. That is hard to believe even for people with strong work ethic. If you are like Ron, this article is wasted on you and you are probably a bit disgusted that it even exist. But if you are like the rest of us and occasionally you need to skip that Friday in order to enjoy a three-day weekend away from the office, keep reading.

People miss work for a large variety of reasons. Three-day weekends are just one of them. Sometimes you need a day off to meet with your friend who is in town for only one day. Saying that to your boss won’t earn you any brownie points, for sure. Perhaps you have a job interview and can’t really tell that to your boss. And maybe you just can’t be bothered with work today and you have decided that the best course of action is to stay in bed all day and watch cartoons. Or some kinky porn, whatever you prefer, we aren’t judging. Not many bosses on the planet will accept that as a valid excuse for not coming in today.

Regardless of the real reason for skipping work, you will need a good, believable excuse for it. Choosing the right one can be tricky and shouldn’t be taken lightly. You can’t just blurt out the first thing that comes to mind. You have to know your boss and his or her reactions, as well as their personal situation to be able to invoke just the right excuse. Using a good excuse to miss work is just one part of the deal. Some of these excuses require preplanning, and establishing reasons for your excuse is a great way for you to both skip work and retain your credibility. That way you can do it again when the need arises. After all, everyone can invent some silly excuse to get out of work once, but only true masters can do it repeatedly and on a regular basis, while still keeping the boss’ trust. Finally, they must be used sparingly. If you use it every week, not even the best excuse will help you and your boss will know that you are lying to them. There are plenty of sites on the Internet offering them, but after looking at them, a vast majority are as believable as the old “dog ate my homework.” So, after a thorough examination, we settled on these 16 good believable excuses for missing work by using the following criteria:

  1. No Death – Even with ignoring the fact that faking someone’s death just to skip work is really tasteless, there’s a whole business with karma we just didn’t want to get into.
  2. No Child Sickness – Again, tasteless and karma provoking. Although there are few child-related excuses you can use (after all, what’s the point of having them if you aren’t going to use them, am I right?), illness isn’t one of them.
  3. Believability – Good excuse must be believable. So, no aliens or freak accidents.
  4. Relatability – Finally, your excuse is more likely to work if your boss can relate to it. More on that below.

With those out of the way, we can look at our selection of 16 good believable excuses for missing work. Some of them are on the list of the most overused excuses in the world, but that doesn’t mean they won’t work. In fact, the mere fact that they are so common adds to their believability. Look them over and choose the one that is best suited for your situation.