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Between crazy bosses and creepy coworkers, it's a wonder you get any work done at all. Here's a little help.
You Will Need
- A good but simple excuse
- A phone
- And a plan for the day
Pick a day
Decide what day you want off. Try to pick a day where you’ll get out of something unpleasant.
Decide what to do
Think about how to spend your day off. Forget going to a tanning or beauty salon. If you show up the next day with a tan or a perm, you’ll be busted.
Decide on malady
Decide on a reasonable malady, and keep it simple. 'I’ve got a bug' is easier to remember than a long, involved tale of exotic food poisoning. And remember: you’ll have to be 'better' in 24 hours.
Rehearse your story
Rehearse what you will say when you call in. Repeat your story until you’re satisfied you have struck the right mix of fact and fiction.
Call before office hours
Make the call before office hours so you get your supervisor’s voicemail, which can’t talk back or ask probing questions.
Prepare to return
After spending a glorious day doing whatever you like, prepare to return to work. Rehearse your response to inquiries about your health and other questions that might catch you off guard.
Find out what you missed
Once you’re back, make a show of finding out everything that happened the day before, so you can catch up on whatever work you missed. You’re so dedicated!