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Asked by Maura on February 5, 2017

I need to ask for a couple 'personal' days off work. Do I need to give my supervisor specific details as to why I need to leave? I don't want to lie but I also want to remain professional.

Answered by Taylor, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on February 7, 2017

The best approach to base the answer to this question on your relationship with your supervisor. If you have a solid line of communication and feel comfortable enough sharing your personal business with your supervisor, I would suggest sharing with them. However, with that said, I still would not divulge a ton of detail. Still keep it professtional and short and sweet-- "I have a funeral to attend for a family friend", "I have some personal business I need to take care of back in my hometown with my parents", or "I am not feeling well and need to rest".

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Answered by Kimberly , Hiring Expert at Emerson, on April 26, 2017

Your Supervisor may ask if you're ok, but you're not required to answer with exactly what you're doing.  I'd recommend sayng that you have a few personal things that you need to take care of or something along those lines.

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Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on July 12, 2017

I think this depends on your reason for taking time off and on your relationship with your supervisor. If you are comfortable sharing that information with your supervisor, that is up to you. You are not required to share details of your personal life so if you're uncomfortable sharing that information, don't. If you are asking to take time off during a time that is critical for your position and requires you to be at work, your manager may ask why you need the time off. Use your best judgment when sharing your reasoning and don't be afraid to be vague or explain that you don't feel comfortable disclosing why but it is critical that you have the time off.

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