Phone in hand, it’s time to leave that message on your boss’s voicemail—the one that makes you feel a little queasy, because there’s really no reason at all for you not to show up for work today. You just plain don’t feel like walking into that office. No court in the land would convict you of that desire. (We point to the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Work v. Fun, which set the precedent for this sort of thing.)
Before that little white lie escapes your lips and you hang up, consider the full range of all-star excuses, ranked here from worst to best:
#18. ”I have a doctor’s appointment.” Eight hours is a mighty long time for an appointment, even with the three hours you have to sit there waiting in the examination room wearing an oversized Kleenex.
#17. “I have car problems.” Oh, if only there existed cabs, Ubers, buses, trains, friends or relatives to drop you off at work! What a world that would be! Car problems? P...(register to read more)