Best reasons for taking an emergency leave (7+ reasons)

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In this blog post, we are going to discuss some of the best reasons for taking an emergency leave, certain things to keep in mind before using an excuse and a few bad reasons to use for an emergency leave. We will also discuss how to professionally ask for a leave.

7+ reasons for taking an emergency Leave

Below are some of the best reasons for an emergency leave:

  • Call in sick
  • You need to take care of a family member
  • Relative’s wedding
  • You need a mental health day
  • You have the Flu
  • You’re experiencing major commute issues
  • A theft took place at your house
  • You had an accident
  • There’s a power cut in your area
  • You have a house emergency

It’s one of the days where you wake up and are dreading work. You just wish you could stay in and not go to your office or in today’s working scenario, not work from home. You just want to lay back and take a break from your responsibility or want to have different plans apart from work. You’re thinking of reasons to tell your boss, and hoping they would buy it. 

Here are some acceptable excuses that can help you buy yourself a relaxing day:

  • Call in sick

This is generally the most common excuse used by employees to take emergency leave. It does not require you to think a lot and is a very simple excuse. You can simply say things like you’re down with a fever, you got food poisoning, you’re experiencing an allergic reaction to something you may have eaten and you’re extremely nauseous, etc. 

  • You need to take care of a family member

Taking care of a family member such as your parent or your spouse is a perfectly acceptable reason if they are dependent on you and also because they deserve your time. Your boss may understand that you need to take a leave to take care of your spouse, your child, or your parents.

  • Relative’s wedding

Once in a while, you can use this excuse to take leave. Your cousin is getting married and you can’t afford to miss it, this excuse can get you a minimum of two-day leave. You can also say it’s one of your best friend’s wedding and you’re their best man/ maid of honour. 

  • You need a mental health day

You may find yourself using other excuses to take a mental health day. But it is completely acceptable to allow yourself to have a self-care day and your boss may understand that you need to take a day off to get back on track.

  • You have the Flu

This can be considered the best reason to get off work for a good amount of days, and keeping the pandemic situation in mind your boss would want to take all the possible precautions and wouldn’t mind asking you to not come to the office. 

  • You’re experiencing major commute issues

There can be a lot of traffic, maybe you missed your bus or train. Or sometimes there is just a delay in the train schedule and you can’t make it to work on time. You can also say that your car/bike broke down midway and now you’re gonna have to get it repaired first.

  • A theft took place at your house

You got mugged at your own house is a valid reason, and you can tell your boss that you need to file a complaint because you lost your ATM cards and other valuables. And also you need to add extra protection facilities around and inside your house to prevent future thefts. Your boss may just buy this excuse!

  • You had an accident

It can be a very minor accident such as you slipped in the bathroom and injured your ankle, which is why you’re unable to walk. Or you can also tell your boss that you had an accident with a vehicle and the opposite person got injured, and you need to take them to the hospital.

  • There’s a power cut in your area

Due to the current pandemic situation, most of them are working from home. And this has been a very common and useful excuse. I have seen many of my friends and colleagues use this as an excuse to get a day off from work or online classes. 

You can tell your boss that there isn’t enough battery in your laptop or any other device for you to be able to finish your work, and also your wifi is down because of the same reason.

  • You have a house emergency

Sometimes, it is natural to face a house emergency, for eg. your house got flooded due to a pipe leak in your house and you need to call a plumber to fix it, or there is a gas leak, you can also say that you accidentally started a small fire while cooking. All these are valid excuses and your boss may consider them.

Things you need to keep in mind before making an excuse

You must avoid making excuses now and then or very frequently because then your boss might notice a pattern and serious consequences could follow. You could get fired for faking excuses frequently.

Always check your company’s policies and make sure what kind of emergencies can allow you to warrant a day off from work. Different companies may have different terms and policies for granting employees a leave, which is why you may want to check before you decide to skip a day.

Make sure to not fake a serious illness, because your boss may ask you for medical proof later on and then you could get into trouble. Similarly, when you use reasons such as your house getting flooded, or your vehicle getting damaged, again the boss may ask you for pictures or any other kind of proof. So make sure you’ve got that sorted out in advance.

There are many other excuses that you can use, but the ones mentioned above are simple and legitimate excuses in most cases and will not require you to think or plan a lot. Although, many times you may notice that your reasons don’t work and you find yourself in a muddle. This happens because of bad/lame excuses that your boss would never believe.

Here are some examples of bad excuses that you should never use at work:

  • Your neighbours are bursting firecrackers and your sister got scared so you had to go back home. This is a lame excuse and your boss will never buy it unless they know that your sister might be suffering from a serious mental health condition.
  • Attending your cousin’s dog’s funeral is not a reliable or even a professional excuse.
  • You were partying out late the previous night and you have a really bad hangover. Now, this is a very unprofessional excuse but hangovers can be bad and may require you to take a day off.
  • You got bit by a duck, cat, dog, etc is not a valid excuse to bunk work. Unless you got extreme injuries, and have to visit a doctor, this excuse is not going to work otherwise.
  • You have an appointment at the salon for your nails, hair, skin, etc will never work as an excuse and also it is very unprofessional to use such an excuse.

So far we have learned what are acceptable excuses and what are unacceptable excuses at work. But you may also wonder how to professionally ask for a leave.

Tips on how to professionally ask for a leave

Be direct – your manager or boss should be able to take care of the responsibilities and find a replacement to do your work while you’re gone. You must discuss with them all the urgent-basis files and the ones that do not require immediate attention and ask them if you can resume it once you’re back or do it remotely.

Be polite and make a request rather than sounding very demanding. Showing respect and courtesy while requesting the leave can result in a favourable response. 

Before requesting leave, try to finish all your pending work and keep your supervisor updated about the same. If you are already lagging on your work, there are fewer chances of your manager allowing you to take a leave.

Make sure you have everything planned, and you know how to get your work done after you resume work. This way, your boss might feel that you have it all figured out and no one’s losing out on anything.

File an official request if necessary, and make sure to sound very professional and polite. Be careful of the tone you use while writing your email.

This article does not encourage employees to fake excuses but use these excuses wisely when you need to take a day off and have no other valid reason.


In this brief guide, we have discussed the ten best excuses for taking an emergency leave, and also some really bad excuses to use at work, which in turn can get you in trouble. We also learned certain things to keep in mind before asking for a leave. Later on, we ended the discussion with some tips on how to professionally ask for leave so that it helps you get a favourable response.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Best reasons for taking emergency leave

What is the best excuse to miss work?

Calling in sick, or using personal illness as an excuse always works out when you have to take a day off. Simply stating things like you have symptoms of the flu, and you will have to stay home will help you. It normally doesn’t even require medical proof.

How do I tell my boss about the emergency leave?

Write a professional email, with emergency leave as your subject. Keep in mind that you have to make it sound like a polite request and not demand it. Refer to this article for more tips on how to professionally ask for a leave.

How can I fake being sick to work?

You can start by faking symptoms at work such as coughing non-stop or rubbing the sides of your head, acting as if you’re about to vomit or faint. This will help you appear sick at work, and then the final step would be to call in sick.

Is it okay to fake a sick day?

It is okay to fake a sick day once in a while. If you do it frequently and turn it into a habit, your boss or manager will notice a pattern and it could result in you being out of a job. This is why it is necessary to wisely use your sick leaves.

Can I get fired for lying about being sick?

Yes, you can get fired for faking a sick leave if your boss or supervisor finds out that you have been lying. Employees must understand that lying or faking excuses at work can have grave consequences and you could get into a lot of trouble.


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