16 Excuses To Work From Home: For A Day Or Forever

Excuses to work from home

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We asked our list of contributors to share their best excuses to work from home. We received 200+ reasons to work from home and organized the best ones into two categories. Click one of the links below to jump to the category you’re looking for


11 Reasons To Work From Home (WFH) Last Minute

In our survey, we discovered the 11 best reasons to work from home last minute. If you’re in a pinch and need to stay home for just that day, consider one of these reasons:

  1. Dental emergency
  2. Doctor’s appointment
  3. Family emergency
  4. Important packages being delivered
  5. Injury
  6. Pregnancy-related issues
  7. Car trouble (or road work)
  8. Have a fever (and I’m contagious)
  9. Irritable bowel syndrome
  10. Sick child or relative
  11. Maintenance appointment

Work from home email request

See Also: Only The Good Excuses To Miss Work On Short Notice


5 Excuses To Work From Home Permanently

Maybe you’re sick of the ping-ponging back and forth between the office and home. If that’s the case, and you want to work from home permanently, consider one of these reasons:

  1. Distractions in the office
  2. More productive at home
  3. Need uninterrupted time
  4. Want to avoid the commute
  5. I’ll be happier as an employee

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Good Excuses For Working From Home (If You Need Explanations)

Below, you’ll find the same list of work-from-home excuses you saw above… but this time each one has some explanation. This is just in case you need a little backup if your excuse comes under fire.


Doctor’s appointment

Telling your employer that you have a doctor’s appointment or any other medical issue is the best excuse to work from home. Remember, your company can’t ask you to come to the office if you’re sick. Plus, prying more into your situation will be unprofessional, and going down that road is a big no for HR, so you’re honestly in the clear. Just let them know that you won’t be able to make it on time to the office because of the appointment and would like to work from home instead, but don’t make a habit because that will be a problem.

– Karen Comen of Zodiac Signs

View: Work-from-home email request for a medical appointment


Dental emergency

While most of us do our best to plan ahead for routine dental checkups, sometimes accidents happen and we need to see the dentist immediately, whether for a cracked tooth or a missing filling. Working from home can save you time, energy, and possibly pain compared to the alternative of commuting to and from work, then going to the dentist, and finally commuting back home.

– Sandra Rios of Buzz Agency


Family emergency

Family emergencies are always taken seriously by managers. Especially after the pandemic, workplaces are quite lenient when it comes to the health of family members. So, they will cut you some slack.

– Peter Varadi of MarketGap

View: Work-from-home email for a family emergency


Important packages being delivered

You can inform your employer that you have to sign for a delivery that would arrive at an unexpected time. Relay the importance of the package and how not being there to receive it would cause you to pay extra. It would be best to declare the price of the said item so that the employer recognizes its importance.

– Elisa Bender of RevenueGeeks

View: Work-from-home request for package delivery



At some point in our lives, the vast majority of us will sustain an injury that is not immediately life-threatening. Even if you have one of these injuries and your job requires you to sit at a desk or in front of a computer for most of the day, you won’t be unable to keep working. But they’re a hassle and could make it harder to move around. Working from home for a few days will let you heal from a minor injury without slowing you down at work.

– Mike Owens of Web Hosting Advices

(This is listed as one of our medical reasons to work from home.)


Pregnancy-related issues

A pregnant woman’s stress levels can be reduced, and she can focus on herself and her baby during her maternity leave. However, before that time comes, you have the option of requesting a work-from-home arrangement. If you are pregnant with a high-risk baby and feel that being at work is not in your best interest, this is a great option for you.

– Tia Campbell of Practice Reasoning Tests


Car trouble (or road work)

Car trouble, in my opinion, makes for a great justification for staying inside instead of heading into the office. Inevitably, most of us will encounter automotive issues. It doesn’t matter if your car has a dead battery or a bent wheel from a collision. Rather than wasting time learning unfamiliar public transportation routes if your car breaks down, you’d be better off putting in some productive hours at home.

– Travis Lindemen of Nexus IT Group


Have a fever (and I’m contagious)

You don’t want to infect your coworkers, so it’s better for you to stay home and rest. Stay in touch with your supervisor and let them know how you’re feeling and when you expect to be back at work.

View: Request to work from home due to illness


Irritable bowel syndrome

The stress of working life is a common cause of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Working from home gives you easy access to your favorite restroom, and there’s no one there to judge you for your frequent trips. It’s a great excuse, as no one wants someone in the office breaking wind all the time!

– Alex Trevatt of Medistudents

View: Work-from-home email template for illness


Sick child or relative

There are a few reasons why this excuse is the best to work from home. First, it is a genuine reason that can’t be easily disputed. If you have a sick child, then, of course, you need to take care of them. Second, it shows that you are a responsible parent willing to put their child’s needs first and this can be a positive attribute in the eyes of your employer.

– Mahamudul Kabir of FootInsider

View: Work-from-home email for a sick family member


Maintenance appointment

If there is a lack of qualified carpenters, plumbers, and electricians in your area, you may have to wait months for an appointment because of how busy tradespeople are. A better solution than having to cancel due to work is to just do it from home. You might have to deal with loud noises all day, but if you buy a good set of headphones that block out noise, it will be easier.

– Steve Elliott of Restoration1

View: Remote work request for a home maintenance appointment


Distractions in the office

If you find that you’re constantly getting sidetracked by office politics or other people’s conversations, working from home can help you stay focused on the task. You can create a more productive environment for yourself where you won’t be interrupted every few minutes.

– Ryan Bolling of Bolling Behavioral Consulting

View: Work-from-home email for a family emergency


More productive at home

This is a great reason to suggest working from home, especially if you have a good track record of being more productive when you work remotely.

– Jennifer Spinelli of Watson Buys

View: Remote work email request for productivity reasons


Need uninterrupted time

If you’re in the middle of a big project, it can be tough to get anything done at the office. Use this excuse to work from home where you can focus and get things done.

– Shaun Martin of The Home Buying Company

View: Remote work email request for productivity reasons


Avoid the commute

Traffic congestion, inclement weather, and long commutes can all be avoided by working from home. And with gas prices always on the rise, working from home can also save you a lot of money in transportation costs.

– Erin Zadoorian of Budpop

View: Remote work email request for productivity reasons


Happier as an employee

A great case to work from home permanently is simply that you’ll be happier. If you’re happier as a person, you’ll be a better employee and you’ll stay with the company longer.

View: Work-from-home proposal for productivity, lifestyle


What is a good excuse to work from home?

If you need a reason to work from home for a day, these are your best options: doctor’s appointment, home inspection or service/repair, car trouble. 

If you need some reasons to work from home permanently, build a case with these arguments: distractions in the office, more productive at home, need uninterrupted time, want to avoid the commute.


What are the best reasons to work from home?

Here are the best reasons to work from home permanently that are also compelling to a manager:

  1. Fewer distractions, increased productivity
  2. More time for “deep work”
  3. No office politics
  4. Increased savings (commute, food)
  5. Happier as an employee (retention)
  6. Give my office/desk to another employee (or save on office space costs)

See a list of 40 benefits of remote work I’ve experienced.


What are some medical reasons for working from home?

If you’re sick, but still plan on working that day, you most likely need a day to work from home. Here are some specific reasons that fit:

  1. Dental emergency
  2. Doctor’s appointment
  3. Have a fever (and I’m contagious)
  4. Irritable bowel syndrome
  5. Sick child or relative
  6. Injury (sprained ankle from sports, for example)



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