Working from home sounds quite exciting. Low carbon footprint, no need to dress up, no need to be away from home and yet getting that handsome salary. Many companies across the work are actually promoting this culture of working from home in a big way. If you are an employee who is always finding ways to work from home, there are  plenty of excuses that you can give to your employer. So, let us have a look at the top 35 excuses to work from home.

Excuses to Work From Home

1. I have to work from home to take care of my son

Hi all,

My son has a fever and croup like symptoms.  Will most likely be home for the next few days until his fever stops. 

I will be able to join calls  (most likely with my intern’s voice in the background)  🙂  but may not be able to reply back to questions as quickly as usual.

Best regards,

Your Name

2. I have an appointment with my dentist for a root canal

Hi <Manager Name>,

I am working from home today as I have a dentist appointment for a root canal treatment. I will be available through messenger, email and VOIP phone throughout the day (except between 3pm to 4.30 pm).  I will be available for evening meetings post 5pm. 

I have updated the team calendar accordingly.

Thanks,

Your Name

3. I have severe cold

Hi,

I seem to have a severe cold.  At the rate I’m going through tissues here, I feel it is best to stay and work here and not bring this into the office.

I’ll be signing off around 3:30/4:00 US Eastern, since I’ve been on since around 6:15 this morning.

Thanks,

Your Name

4. I am experiencing a severe back pain.

Hi <Recipients>,

I just got home from hospital  and am experiencing a severe back pain. I can work on a couch at home on my laptop. I am planning to WFH for the remainder of the day. I will be available on my VOIP phone, Mobile and Messenger throughout the day.

Best regards,

Your Name

5. I am down with a bad flu and doctor has advised me to stay at home

Hi all,

I am down with a bad flue and still recovering. I am planning to work from home today as per the doctor’s advise. In case of urgent need, please reach out to me through my mobile 999-888-7777.

Regards,

Your Name

6. Waiting to receive a delivery

Hi,

I need to be present at home all the day to receive an important delivery which is scheduled to arrive today. I will be available the whole day in my messenger as well as in my mobile. Do let me know if anything comes up needs my attention. I will be able to take the calls via VOIP.

Regards,

Your Name

7. Need to Oversee a Maintenance Work

Hi,

My home water pipes started leaking. I have to fix them up today. I will be able to work from home while I oversee the pipe repairing work at home. I will be able to reply to email though attending calls might be tough for me today. Do send me action points after the calls (if any).

Thanks,

Your Name

8. Doctor’s Appointment

Hi,

I’m WFH today and will be unavailable from 11:30am Eastern until I return from my doctor’s appt (hopefully no later than 2pm Eastern).   Depending on how today’s procedure goes, I may be WFH more days throughout the week.   I’ll communicate that once I know either way.

Regards,

Your Name

9. Need to take car in for service

Hi,

My car is giving trouble and is not starting. I have to take it for servicing. So, there is no way I can reach the office on time, but can surely work from home for today.

Thanks,

Your Name

10. Have Bad Migraine

Hi,

I am experiencing a bad migraine right now and I am also not able to open my eyes properly. I plan to take rest in the first half of the day and will work from home post noon.  I believe I will be able to make to the meetings in the evening. I will send an update if there is a change in plan.

Regards,

Your Name

11. My Pet is Sick

Hi,

My pet is really sick and I can’t leave him in such condition. I plan to visit my pet doctor this afternoon. I will work from home in the morning and will be out after 2PM. If you need anything, shoot a mail, I will be able to check my mails through my mobile and will be able to revert back once I find time.

Thanks,

Your Name

12. Working on Important Presentation

Hi,

I am working on the presentation for stakeholder’s meeting. The new changes office space design distracts me too much and I need to complete the presentation anyhow by today night. So I plan to work from home today. I will come straight to the meeting tomorrow. Call me if you need anything in urgent.

Thanks,

Your Name

13. Public Transport is on Strike

Hi,

Bus drivers in my area are on a strike and I have no personal vehicle to arrive at the workplace. So I will work from home until they pull back the strike. I will be available in my mobile and messenger for anyone to contact.

Thanks,

Your Name

14. Heavy Traffic in My Area

Hi ,

There is a heavy traffic in my area. With the current state, It will easily take me more than 3 hours to reach office from my home. So, I think working from home for completing this urgent assignment within given deadline – is the best solution. I will attend the calls through my VOIP and will send an update by the end of the day. Please feel free to mail me if you are in need of anything.

15. Out for Blood Donation

Hi,

Today in the morning, I donated blood to a friend and I am feeling extremely weak to come to the office, but can manage to work from home for sure. Feel free to email me the daily updates, I will check and revert back to you at the earliest.

Thanks,

Narayan

16. Met with an accident

Hi <Manager>,

I met with an accident with some minor injuries while on my way to office today. I’ve just come back home now and planning to work from home for the rest of the day.

Best regards,

<Your Name>

17. Got Stomach Bug / Food Poison

Hello,

I think I may have caught a stomach bug.  I’m going to sign off for the day to rest.   I will most likely Work From home tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday to avoid bringing it into the California office.

I’ll check email later this evening to respond to anything before tomorrow.

Thanks,

<Your Name>

18. Not feeling well – Generic reason

Hi,

I’m not feeling well and I was just able to secure a doctor’s appointment today at 8:30am US Eastern.   I’ll continue working until around 7:45/8:00am and I’ll be back online and working from home after I return from the doctor’s appointment.

I will be available by email, messenger, and mobile phone after I return from the doctor’s office.

Thanks,

Your Name

19. Car Problem & Upcoming Vacation day

Hi,

My car is giving me problems and the earliest appointment I could get is Friday.   So I’ll be WFH tomorrow (Tuesday) and I’ll be in the office on Wednesday.

I’ll send out a reminder message on Wednesday, but I’ll be taking Thursday & Friday as vacation days.

Thanks,

Your Name

20. Client Appointment in the Evening

Hi,

I have an appointment with out client JA Associates directly after work, so I’m going to WFH tomorrow.   You can reach me by messenger, email, or mobile phone.

Thanks,

Your Name

21. School Are Closed

Hi,

Philadelphia just announced that all schools are closed tomorrow.  I’m going to WFH tomorrow just to let the roads clear a little bit more.   I’ve encouraged, rest of my team to do the same.

I’ll be available by messenger, email, and mobile phone.

Thanks,

Your Name

22. Family Medical Emergency

Hi <Manager Name>,

Good Morning!

I am writing to let you know that I am flying to my hometown in an hour for a family medical emergency. My father has been diagnosed with Hernia and he is currently suffering from severe pain. Based on doctor’s advice, a surgical procedure is planned on coming Wednesday (13th Jan).

I will be reaching my hometown in the afternoon post 2PM today. Hence, I am planning to work from hometown today & Tuesday (11th & 12th Jan). I may not be able to take calls during these days. However, I will be available in messenger & emails. Since I need to be present in the hospital during surgery, I shall take leave of absence on 13th & 14th Jan but  try my level best to check my emails frequently on these days. Sorry for this last minute notice.

I will keep the teams informed accordingly.

Thanks in advance!

Thanks,

Your Name

23. Funeral to Attend

Hi,

I have a funeral Friday morning to attend.   I’ll be signing off at 9am from home in order to get there and should be back online, WFH, between 12noon and 1pm US Eastern.

Thanks,

Your Name

24. Accidents in my area

Hi,

The traffic accidents this morning are horrible.  I will work from home in the morning and will be in the office by 12.

Including <other team > on this email since <other team manager> ’s out.

 

25. Dentist appointment for my son

Hi,

Have to take my son to a dentist appt at 8:30.  Hope to be available starting at 10.

Will most likely be WFH. Reach out to my mobile if there is a need.

Your Name

777-888-9999

26. Just got home from hospital

Hi Team,

I was up all last night with fever. I just got home from hospital and planning to WFH for the remainder of the day as it would be too late if I had to come to office. I will be available on my VOIP phone, Mobile and Messenger throughout the day.

Your Name

27. Need to take care of my kids

Hi,

My kids are home from school early today. I am working from home today to take care of my kids. On Friday, I have to leave early to catch a train, so I will work from home on Friday (till 4 PM IST) as well.

I will be available in Messenger, VOIP phone and email throughout the day.

Regards,

Your Name

Unconventional / Funny Excuses to Work From Home

28. Gone in 60 Seconds

In the morning, I discover that my car is stolen from my garage. I need to go to the police station

29. Oven Burst

My oven has just exploded and everything is in a great mess. I need time to fix it and will work from home

30. Stuck in Elevator

I got struck in an elevator and it seems it will take a long time to get out of this. So, I think it is best to continue work from home for today only.

31. Heart Attack

I have just encountered a heart break and not in a position to work in the office for today

32. Petty Pet Issue

My cat seem depressed and I think it is best if I can work from home for a few days

33. Being Naked

I have accidentally burned my office uniform and I don’t have any extra pair

34. My grandma is not dead…yet.

My grandma is visiting me suddenly from the countryside and I need to be at home to receive her and to take care of her.

35. Gonna save earth

Working from home occasionally is more environment -friendly than  to burn fuel in my vehicle to reach the office.You boss must be environmental conscious to understand your last excuse.