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Conscientious and dedicated employees often experience guilt or worry about leaving work before the day is done. However, legitimate reasons do exist for cutting your day short. These include personal illness, family crisis, important appointments and major family events. Making up missed work can alleviate guilt and demonstrate professional commitment.
Leaving work early because you're sick isn't just about your comfort; it's also about the well-being of co-workers and customers. Putting forth good effort when you have a cold or flu is challenging. Sometimes, you develop symptoms in the middle of the workday. Rather than suffering through an unproductive afternoon or end of your shift, leave early. People you work with also appreciate it when you leave with your germs and sickness. Offices are confined spaces and viruses you spread linger. The company is better off missing you for a few hours than losing a number of workers for several days.
A common challenge for people who work conventional 9-to-5 jobs is that many public and government offices are open only during those hours. Full-time employees struggle to schedule routine doctor visits, go to the department of motor vehicles or meet with a mortgage lender. While scheduling personal appointments regularly during a workday is normally taboo, leaving a bit early to work-in important personal appointments may help you maintain life balance. Some work environments, such as sales, often have flexibility where you can invest some time in personal business and make up for it later.
Family Events and Crises
Balancing work and family commitments is difficult for parents. As more families live on two incomes, cultural and organizational values have shifted to accept efforts by parents to maintain balance. Leaving early a couple of days a year to attend a child's school recital, spelling bee or band festival is generally acceptable. The key is to work for a company that recognizes the value of enabling top employees to meet family responsibilities. Self-employment allows you this flexibility as well. Family crises are another reason to leave early. If the school calls and your child suffered a significant fall, for instance, leave early and take him to the doctor or go to the hospital.
Making Up for Missed Work
In many cases, your ability to leave work early is based on your ongoing commitment to your job. Also, communicating ahead of time with clients and customers when possible, and getting missed work done on time make your early departures easier. In an office job, coming in early the next day or staying late to catch-up on files helps show commitment. A retail sales or service worker can show job commitment to a manager by offering to come in early the next shift or finish a project the next day.
Neil Kokemuller has been an active business, finance and education writer and content media website developer since 2007. He has been a college marketing professor since 2004. Kokemuller has additional professional experience in marketing, retail and small business. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Iowa State University.