Get Caught Cubicle Sleeping? What to Say:


timeout cornerIf you’ve ever taken the chance to catch some shut-eye while sitting in your cubicle, you now you are taking a risk. You could easily get caught by co-workers, a boss, or (heaven forbid) the CEO swinging through on a random visit. Then it’s a visit to the naughty corner – unless you can come up with an instant excuse!

Of course, if you just plan ahead, you can probably extricate yourself from trouble with a well timed phrase that leaves you in the clear. Here are some of our very favorite excuses that get cubicle sleepers off the hook!

For the lawyer’s office:

  • “It’s okay: I’m still billing the client.”

For the business office:

  • “This is just a 15-minute power nap like they raved about in that time-management course you sent me to.”
  • “I was working smarter, not harder.”
  • “I wasn’t sleeping! I was meditating on the mission statement and envisioning a new paradigm!”
  • “This is one of the seven habits of highly effective people!”

In the IT department:

  • “I was testing my keyboard for drool resistance.”
  • “I’m actually doing a “Stress Level Elimination Exercise Plan” (SLEEP) I learned at the last management seminar you made me attend.”

When a guilt trip is in order:

  • “This is in exchange for the six hours last night when I dreamed about work!”
  • “They told me at the blood bank this might happen.”
  • “Ah, the unique and unpredictable circadian rhythms of the workaholic!”

To turn the tables on that boss who always talks about being vegan and taking the spiritual path to enlightenment:

  • “I was doing a highly specific Yoga exercise to relieve work-related stress.
  • Do you discriminate against people who practice Yoga?”

To convince a coworker it’s all their fault:

  • “Darn! Why did you interrupt me? I had almost figured out a solution to our biggest problem.”

Blame the lack of caffeine available in the work environment:

  • “The coffee machine is broken.”
  • “Someone must’ve put decaf in the wrong pot.”

So wildly unbelievable they just might buy it:

  • “Wasn’t sleeping. Was trying to pick up a contact lens without hands.”
  • “The mailman flipped out and pulled a gun, so I was playing dead to avoid getting shot.”

Sheer honesty:

  • “Geez, I thought you were gone for the day.”

Have you ever gotten trouble for nodding off at work?  What’s your cubicle sleeping excuse?


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