How to Ask Boss to Leave Work Early? (With Examples)

How to Ask to Leave Work Early

Sometimes you may have personal obligations that interferes with your work schedules.

When that happens, leaving work early is generally acceptable upon approval by your employer.

There are many good reasons why you need to leave work early, but you need to communicate your request clearly.

We will look at how can we effectively ask your boss to leave work early with examples that you can use to format your request.

Steps on how to ask to leave work early?

If you want to ask for time off in your work, you can consider some of these steps.

1. Choose a format

The format where you can use to ask your employer to leave work early depends on your working environment.

Working onsite in Office

If you are working in the office, you can just give your employer a call or drop by his office to make the request.

Working Remotely

If you are working from home or conducting your work remotely, you can probably schedule a virtual meeting or sending an email to inform your employer about your request.

2. Consider Your Reason on the Request

Even when your employer wants to let you leave work early, the reason you give have to make logical sense.

Your employer may need to explain to his or her superior why they let you leave work early.

Top excuses that let you leave work early are,

  1. Having a sick child and informing your boss that you need to sent them home from school or daycare.
  2. Medical reasons that you need to go home and rest.
  3. Appointments or events that you need to prepare early.

But if you need specific believable reasons to leave work early, you can check out some of the best reasons to give to your boss and leave work early and professionally in my other article here.

3. Notice your employer early

Giving sufficient notice period to your employer for your upcoming absence is a form of respect of your work and your employer. 

Your employer need to have enough time to arrange your replacement and approve your request. A notice of at least a week or more will be reasonable.

But if it is an urgent request that requires you to leave work immediately, inform your employer as soon as you know the information.

How to negotiate for leaving work early?

What you should do when negotiating with your boss to leave work early?

  • Show compassion and understanding for your boss. Understand their goals and arrange your work around them.
  • Be proactive. Think of different plans and solutions on how you can best complete you task at hand and present these solutions to your boss during the negotiation.
  • Build relationship with people around you. Building good relationship with people around you so they can be you support when help is required.

What you should not do when negotiating with your boss to leave work early?

  • Avoid talking about your personal views and troubles you face outside your work. You can mention them but don’t dwell in them. Just be honest about your family obligations.
  • Avoid being rigid. You’ll need to think outside of the box and be creative with solutions on how to get your work done. It can be having remote working arrangements or flexible hours arrangements. Most important is to be open to options.
  • Avoid being too emotional. There are chances that your boss might not want to listen or accommodate to your request. Don’t get all defensive and become too emotional. Be objective about the issue and come together to find a solution that work for both of you.

How to ask boss to leave work early Template

Request to leave work early template for family related issues (Template)

“Hi, [Boss Name]. I’ve just received a call [Family issues].

I will need to [What you’ll need to do to resolve this issue?]

Will it be ok if I leave work after [Proposed timing] to [What you need to do]?

At the meantime, I will [How you make up for leaving work early].”

Leave work early for family issues (Sample)

“Hi, Mr. John. I’ve just received a call from my son’s teacher, and he said she is not feeling well.

I will need to pick my kid from school as the school will not allow kids who are sick to be in school.

I will need to stay at home with him, but I can work from home to finish the task at hand.

Will it be ok if I leave work after lunch to pick him up?

At the meantime, I will complete all the critical task before I leave office.”

Request to leave work early for health related issues (Template)

“Hi, [Boss Name]. As I am feeling [Health issues], I will like to leave work early to [See a doctor or rest at home].

I may need help in following up on [Task that need to be follow-up].

When I am back at work I will [How you make up for leaving work early].”

Leave work early for health issues (Sample)

“Hi, Mrs. Suzy. As I am having a very bad headache, I will like to leave work early to see a doctor.

I may need help in following up on entry of these list of names into the database that is due today.

When I am back at work I will complete the rest of the data entry.”

Request to leave work early for events (Template)

“Hi, [Boss Name]. As I am attending [Event], and I’ll need to [Your Reason to leave work early].

Is it okay with you if I leave work early at [Propose time], so I can [Reason for leaving work early]?

At the meantime, I will [How you make up for leaving work early].”

Leave work early for events (Sample)

“Hi, Mrs. Mary Jane. As I am attending my friend’s wedding at 6pm later, and I’ll need to get to the event location on time.

Is it okay with you if I left work an hour early at 4pm, so I can reach the wedding venue on time?

At the meantime, I will complete all the task that is to be completed by today before I leave office.”

“How to negotiate?”

Check out this video below!

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