Itâ€™s Monday morning. The clock reads 7:05 and you realize the alarm failed. You are going to be late. That is, if you go in to work today. What would happen if you just didnâ€™t call and didnâ€™t go in? Hmmmâ€¦what could you do with your day?
On Wednesday your boss phones your home. You let the machine answer it. â€œWeâ€™ve noticed that you havenâ€™t been at work. Please give me a call. We hope everything is alright, but you need to give us a call. My home number isâ€¦â€
You decide that three days off is enough. You didnâ€™t mean to lose your job. How should you handle this situation? Youâ€™re not really irresponsible, just spontaneously needed a few days off. You watched some TV, went for a few walks, and ate a lot of chocolateâ€¦really rested up for that big Thursday-Friday push.
In the culture of â€œpass the buckâ€ why take responsibility when it isnâ€™t necessary? How about a good lie? Here are a few suggestions that have been successful in retaining employment without discipline.
I enjoy collecting stories. I am not condoning, or making any statement about the ethics of such, but just sharing. Here are a few real life encounters Iâ€™ve been privileged to hear.
Ask your boss to speak in private. Do not cry.
Man who leases apartments
â€œI had a personal crisis. Youâ€™re right I should have called, but my girlfriend tried to commit suicide,â€ stated calmly and unemotionally. â€Itâ€™s been a tough few days. Iâ€™m really sorry. I just want to get back to work. Is that alright?â€
Woman who is a receptionist at a law firm
â€œIâ€™m embarrassed to say. I found out Friday I was pregnant, and had an abortion. I knew I hadnâ€™t been feeling well, but hadnâ€™t consideredâ€¦they had a Saturday opening and I took itâ€¦I meant to callâ€¦I just couldnâ€™t talk about it until now. Iâ€™m so sorry.â€
Man who is an outside sales professional
â€œMy wife had to come get me out of jail. I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Iâ€™ve been in all weekend, and my God! Please, donâ€™t let this get around. Iâ€™d be mortified. I donâ€™t know how to explain it to my son.â€
Man who performs disaster/ mold clean-up services
â€œThis girl came to my door covered in blood and urine. She didnâ€™t speak a word of English. I couldnâ€™t leave her alone. She was scared of the police. I took her inâ€¦I know I should have called, I just got so wrapped up. Iâ€¦itâ€™s been a weird few days.â€
Creative, demented, big liarsâ€¦and employed.
WORLD - CITY LIVING
Copyright © 2010 AM Nelson
Going Beyond My Dog Ate My Homework
Copyright © 2010 AM Nelson
Read more articles on: police
About the WriterWant to write articles too? Sign up & become a writer!
2 comments on Going Beyond My Dog Ate My Homework
Rate This Article
Your vote matters to us