3 things you should never apologise for in the workplace

Moments when saying ‘sorry’ is unnecessary.

1. For opportunities.

If other teams, managers or even other organisations want to speak to you about a job opportunity you do not need to apologise to your boss. Why?

Because if other employers want you it means you are probably doing a great job currently! Your boss should reward you for that. If they really want to keep you they will make an effort to. Alternatively they will support you in seeking an awesome opportunity for yourself.

A boss that makes you feel guilty about exploring other opportunities does not have your best interests at heart.

My motto is to ‘explore all opportunities’ (leave no stone unturned). In reality an ‘opportunity’ only becomes a solid job offer when it’s explicit, verbally offered and (often) formally written down. Prior to that it’s only speculation about possibilities and there’s nothing wrong with considering possibilities.

2. For taking a holiday.

Seriously. It’s your right. If you have earned your leave, take it! Enjoy yourself and unwind. Plus research suggests a holiday can be really good for you mentally and physically -it leads to higher productivity (when you return to work), reduces job stress and creates happier home and work relationships (Whitbourne, 2010).

3. For being sick.

Most people I know don’t choose to be sick. It’s bad enough being under the weather, plus as an Australian employee you are entitled to a set number of sick days. Don’t apologise for resting when you need to. A good boss will want a happy, healthy employee.

These are only a few of the things that you shouldn’t apologise for at work. If you are in a good job, with a great boss, they will have your best interests at heart. They won’t make you feel like you need to apologise for the unnecessary. Instead they will want you to be happy, healthy and working somewhere you love.


Whitbourne, S. K. (2010). The importance of vacations to our physical and mental health. Retrieved from: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/fulfillment-any-age/201006/the-importance-vacations-our-physical-and-mental-health