作者：沪江英语编辑：糖果姐 来源：thebalance.com 2017-11-16 17:44
Bad Reasons for Leaving Work Early
Feeling bored or not having enough to do.
Leaving because you’re “sick” is one thing, but don’t expect to get much sympathy for a condition you brought on yourself.
Going to hangout with friends.
Even if your best buddy is coming into town, if you need to leave for an optional recreational activity, in most companies you would need to take a formal personal day for this.
Going on an interview for a new job (unless you have been laid off).
Receiving bad news at work.
For example, if you are unhappy with the notice about next year's salary increase, if you received a less than stellar performance review, or your supervisor just criticized your project, be a team player and get through the rest of the day, no matter how uncomfortable it may be.
Feeling overwhelmed or stressed out.
You don’t want to make it seem like you can’t handle stress. If you find that you can’t focus at your desk, request to book a meeting room to yourself for an hour or ask to take your work to a nearby coffee shop.
Going to a recreational activity.
Whether you have a softball game after work or you booked a yoga class - unless it is a company-sponsored event, in most cases it is not acceptable to leave work early for these reasons.
Minor personal issues, such as a fight with a friend or a break-up with the girlfriend you’ve been dating for only two weeks.
Non-urgent errands that can be dealt with outside of work, like getting your hair done, getting your oil changed, grocery shopping, or rushing out to go to the bank, when it could be done online or during the weekend.
Most importantly, don’t take advantage of your boss’s flexibility. Although there are both “good” and “bad” reasons to leave early, a “good” reason used too many times can quickly become problematic. If you foresee a legitimate, unavoidable event that will cause you to leave work repeatedly (for example, a physical therapy appointment that repeats over the course of a month, a child’s recurring doctor’s appointment, and so on) then you should be upfront with your boss and prepare a plan to ensure your work is covered.
Stick to the Facts实事求是
Really, the “worst” reason to leave early is a fake one. Your credibility (and your ability to leave work early) will not fare well if you’re caught in a lie. Even if you think you’ve covered your tracks, it’s not worth risking the trust of your supervisor and your fellow employees.
Ultimately, the best way to make sure you’re able to leave work early when you need to is to only make this request when it is valid or necessary. Strive to do your best and take care to maintain a positive relationship with your supervisors, and be honest when something requires your presence during work hours. The better standing you are in with your boss, the more likely you will be able to leave work early when necessary.