Lying To Excuse An Absence

A question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about lying to explain an absence: How to I do more that apologize that I lied?

Today I was to have orientation for work, and there is no interview process, just to make it clear. Anyways orientation was at 6:30 a.m.to 2:30 p.m. I totally forgot about it, and I woke up at 7:00 a. m. and then I remembered I was missing it. So out of nervousness, I emailed my HR representative and said I had a death in the family and I couldn’t attend today. They replied saying it was okay and that they would reschedule.

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Snapped At Supervisor–What Now?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about snapping at boss:

Two days ago, I snapped at my supervisor over something very minor (not work related). Although I apologized the same day, I still feel like crap. How do I deal with that?

Signed, Kicking Myself

Dear Kicking Myself:

It could be that your supervisor still feels badly as well. So, one way to deal with it is to tell your supervisor what you just told us. You might want to put it in a card or email–or tell her in person. Just say that even though she graciously accepted your apology you still feel badly about it and want to apologize once more. You can say something about the fact that it not only didn’t reflect you in a good way but it didn’t reflect the good feelings you always have about her. (If that’s not true, perhaps you can word it in a less effusive way.)

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