to Use in the Workplace
In September 2007 the mayor of a city in Russia issued a list of excuses that he will not
tolerate from civil servants. Alexander Kuzmin, mayor of Megion in western Siberia, said that officials must stop
using phrases such as "I don't know" and "it's lunch time".
Mr Kuzmin said city officials should help improve people's lives and solve their problems, not
make excuses. The mayor's press office said the list consists of 27 forbidden phrases. Here are seven of them that
you may find useful in your workplace
Seven Banned Excuses
- What am I supposed to do?
- I'm not dealing with this.
- We're having lunch.
- The working day is over.
- Somebody else has the documents.
- I think I was off sick at the time.
- There's no money.
Mr Kuzmin warned in a statement that "the use of
these expressions by city administration officials while speaking to the head of the city will speed their
departure." He said he was taking action as he was tired of civil servants telling him that problems were
impossible to solve, rather than offering practical solutions.
Given that you not working in Russia, following are
more excuses appropriate for the North American workplace.
Top-10 Excuses to Use If You Get Caught Sleeping At
- I have earned this nap due to my super
- This is just a 10-minute power-nap like they raved about in
the last time management course you sent me to.
- The ghosts in my house kept me up all last night and I just
couldn't work unless I took a power nap.
- I wasn't sleeping! I was meditating on the mission statement
and creating a new way to encourage more teamwork around here.
- This is one of the seven habits of highly effective
- My doctor told me reduce my stress and to relax at work.
I just read the book The Joy of Not
Working and I was concerned about becoming a workaholic.
- I was waiting for an okay to get started on my next
- Nobody ever told me that napping was against
company policy. Is it?
- I didn't want to
appear arrogant by getting all my work done way ahead of schedule.
Top-10 Handy General Office
- I told someone else to do it.
- That's the way we've always done it.
- I didn't know that you were in a hurry for
- I thought you
meant June 21st of next year.
- A real problem has no solution and that is the type of problem
I am working on now.
- I didn't think it
was as important as what the CEO asked me to do.
- Punctuality is the thief of time.
- No one told me in my interview that I was being hired to
- I'm so busy that I can't get around to it for a month or
- I thought it was the President's job.
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