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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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