Americans are working harder and longer hours than ever before, and unless they have an awesome employer with way less appreciation. Yes it’s great to be a great employee who takes their job seriously, but sometimes you just need a day off other than national holidays or your measly amount of personal and sick days. Yeah you might not get paid for it, but it’s worth it
1. Be A Good Employee – If you want to occasionally play hookie at the office, without it looking obvious or without the threat of being fired you need to first make sure that you’re a good employee. If you’re always on time, you have great attendance, and you always get your work done, then your boss is going to assume that you’re absent because something really important came up, not because you don’t care about your job or you’re just lazy. It won’t be a big concern because he/she will know that you’ll be right back to work when you can and that they’ll still be able to rely on you.
2. Make Sure Your Workload is Light – Unless you’re really sick or there’s an emergency don’t ever call off from work when you heavy a workload. Have some integrity, playing hookie is about having fun but it isn’t about trying to put your workload onto someone else’s shoulders.
So if your boss and the other employees you work with are really depending on you to complete a deadline or to finish some important task don’t leave them hanging. Only take off during a slow week or when you know nothing major is being accomplished.
3. Set The Tone – This step is optional but it can definitely get the people you work with to believe that you’re not feeling well so that it won’t be a huge shock when you don’t show up the next day. So don’t be as talkative as you usually are, when people ask you what’s wrong make up something like “I don’t know, I’m just not feeling too good,” or “Gosh, my head is just killing me.” Practice looking expressionless and serious as you might do when you aren’t feeling well. If you know you’re not a good actor, don’t bother with this step, but don’t be as cheery or talkative as normal.
4. Don’t Take Off When Everyone Else Is – It’s a totally dead give away to your boss when you call to say that you came down with the flu coincidentally on the same day that temperature changes from a cool 50 degrees to a sunny 75. Everybody takes off when the weather is great, of when it’s really bad. So pick a day when the weather is average to take off, and if you want to enjoy the summer weather, don’t rush out and take off the first day that the weather breaks. Instead wait until late July or early August when everyone’s gotten adjusted to the weather and your motive isn’t as obvious.
Also don’t take off on a Friday or a Monday, even though you’ll enjoy a sweet 3 day weekend, your boss will see right through any excuse. Even if you were really sick, no boss will believe you are because these two days are the ones employees around the country always skip out on. Be cautious and go with a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday instead.
5. Call Before The Office Opens – If you have a cool boss leaving a voicemail before the office opens to tell him/her why you aren’t coming in should suffice. But if you know your boss likes to hear directly from you, leave a quick voicemail to prepare him/her and then follow up the call thirty minutes or so after the office opens to further explain your situation and just to show your respect.