Do you find yourself itching to leave work early, but don’t know whether it is considered a genuine reason?
We wouldn’t be telling the truth if we didn’t admit to sometimes wanting to leave work early particularly when the sun is shining outside. At some point there is likely to be an urgent reason to leave. However it is important to understand the difference between a genuine reason and just wanting to nip off early.
Today’s working culture sees an even bigger battle with work life balance, making it even more difficult to fit in those personal appointments with your doctor and dentist, which is actually crucial in a time when looking after your general well-being is an essential part of keeping the show on the road. However, employees actually have no right to leave work early for these appointments, unless it is a medical or dental emergency, in which case this will fall under the umbrella of sickness absence. It is also perfectly legitimate for you to leave work early if you are unwell with a bug or long-term illness- especially if you are highly contagious with a fever. Your colleagues would much rather you went home.
Family obligations are genuine reasons for time off work, including sudden illness, accident or death. An example could include a child falling ill at school.
Religious obligations are another legitimate reason to leave early. This could be to attend a service of worship or during periods of fasting. If the company you work for encourages volunteering then doing so at a local non-profit community event is a genuine reason to leave early. You could even take the opportunity to fly the company flag or do some networking! Networking and client meetings on behalf of your company are also perfectly legitimate, as you are still working, just off site.
Here are some tips to help you manage time away from work:
There are many unacceptable reasons to leave work early. Including:
If you need any further advice or guidance, Sapience HR would be happy to talk through how to manage time off and the work life balance. Just give us a call on 01736 339384