Good morning, sir. Firaq, this side,” said I over the phone.
“Hey Firaq, morning. What’s up?” asked my boss.
“Sir, wanted to inform you that I won’t be available in the office today. I got some urgent work to do. I really regret it,” I said very humbly.
“Come on, Firaq. It’s alright. You take a leave today. Enjoy yourself, and come tomorrow. Don’t worry about nothing. Okay!” said my boss.
“Sure thing, sir. Thank you very much.” as soon as I disconnected the call a sweet music began to play, which sooner turned out to be my alarm at 7:00am. Well, sh-t happens.
So, I’m going to talk about some effective and some lame excuse for leaves we make in our office lives, now and then. It’s a part of our corporate lifestyle and culture. We all make excuses for urgent leaves. Don’t trust the people who say they don’t make excuses for leaves.
Making excuses is surely no offense, and we should make excuses if needed. Making excuses, indeed, is our birth right because it protects our fundamental right to privacy.
Apart from being the birth right, I also regard and associate excuses with creativity and adventure. Making an excuse is also a test of your creative mind and courageous attitude. And I suggest you not to lose this opportunity.
Well, I have been making excuses since the very early days of my employment; and I have learnt from my mistakes and experiences.
The very first excuse for my absence was not even an excuse; I was just telling them, my seniors, the fact, but they took that as an excuse.
“It was raining the whole day, so I didn’t come to the office yesterday. It was just not possible,” I had said, I remember.
“So, this is your excuse for your absence yesterday?” the ex-boss said.
“No, sir. It’s not an excuse, it’s a fact. It’s true,” I said.
Today, I know I was a wild ass to say that to my boss. Lesson: Don’t tell the truth, make an excuse, and respect your privacy. Otherwise, you’d look like a stupid.
When I got tired of ‘stomach ache’ excuse, I began to research on the subject of excuses for leaves.
KEEP RESPECT IN EXCUSES
Excuses are valued by the amount of respect you put in them. I say, a respectful excuse is an artistic display of manners.
Please, please, and please, do not kill your distant granny, or make anyone fall sick. It’s just gross, and immoral. It’s just not cool, man. How can someone just do that! Our excuses are supposed to bring enjoyment, happiness and positiveness, right!
As I said, an excuse is valued by the respect you fill in it. So please, insert more and more respect, values, morality, life and health in your excuses.
BE CONFIDENT IN YOUR EXCUSES
The characteristics of excuses are defined by the level of confidence put into them. The excuses with lack of confidence are as good as lies. Lies are bad things, they are generally designed to hurt or harm people. But excuses are different; they are made to ‘protect our privacy’.
Excuses are also a healthy part of relationships shared by employers and employees. If employers and employees are respecting each other’s interests wrapped in the sheet of ‘excuses’, they are sharing a rather healthy relationship. It’s a good thing; always better than doubting each other, and confronting each other on a subject of leaves.
RESPECT THE BOSS’S AUTHORITY
‘At the end of the day’ your boss is boss. He is your boss, because he possesses a boss’s characteristics. Might be, he is your boss, because it was his dream to be a boss since his childhood. This is what I learnt from watching BBC’s Undercover Bosses.
Even today monarchy prevails in our corporate world, and I’m afraid even America cannot deliver democracy to this world despite having a president like Mr. Donald Trump himself.
So, while making excuses display some respects to your kind, Mr. Boss, not just because it’s the norm, but because it’s a very human thing. When you show respect to your boss, it triggers a chemical reaction in his mind which increases the chances for the approval of your leaves.
AVOID BEING TOO CREATIVE
Every person is a creative person, some are good at creativity and some are terrible at it. If you fall in the category of ‘bad at creativity’ avoid it in your excuses. There is no smartness in making excuses like: I slipped on the banana leaves, or I was bitten by a hornet, or I was robbed on the way by some dudes, etc.
ON A SERIOUS NOTE: PLAN YOUR ROUTINE
Excuses in offices are supposed to be made as a last resort. Excuses in our office life are not positive things, they can affect one’s career in a negative way. Our corporate world is more competitive than it was a day before. And your bosses always need your support to survive the fish-market, and he doesn’t even let you know that. A day’s leave can only be compensated by increasing the workload on your colleagues, or in the worst case, it cannot be compensated at all. So, always communicate well with your bosses.