I'm sure everyone has had a day where something came up which caused them to be late for work. Of course, you let your employer know as soon as possible and then you arrive.
The question comes up, asked directly or indirectly, "why were you late"?
I admitted that.. "I wasn't feeling well this morning." Which is kind of a strange reason to be only about 45 minutes late.
The next question is probably just meant to see if I'm okay now, and whether I should be at work, "You have a stomach-ache or...?"
It felt wrong to admit to that, because I may be sent home, but I also was fairly embarrassed about the reason for being late. I decided to tell the truth, though I really didn't want too.
"I had diarrhea."
Should I not be uncomfortable sharing that kind of information? How should I have responded in the most professional manner? In general, how do you avoid having to tell your manager an embarrassing reason for being late?
I could have stated, "I had a personal issue," but in my opinion that leaves too many questions - like whether it will affect my work and whether this unknown issue is going to continue.