St. Patrick’s Day landing on a Sunday is a little trickier to navigate than others, because you’re supposed to show up to work bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on Mondays. So, how can you discreetly call off work on Monday with raising too many eyebrows? CNN compiled a short list that will keep you in good graces at the office:
- Keep it brief–tell the bossman as little as possible; no need to list every fake ailment, since more specifics create more suspicion
- Call out your own bad timing–you and your supervisor BOTH know St. Pat’s was yesterday, so not bringing it up is a red flag.
- Share only with people at work who NEED to know–just fill in your immediate co-workers and immediate supervisor, the people most affected by your absence.
- Be realistic with what you’ll accomplish–if you truly feel sick, it’s acceptable to say you won’t be taking calls and emails (don’t over-promise).