Health writes an article why you should call in sick and how to do that without jeopardizing your job.
Even if you are not contagious, you should still consider calling in sick if a splitting headache is making you dizzy or if an over-the-counter cold remedy has your brain in a fog. If your symptoms will affect your performance—if, say, your job involves driving, operating heavy machinery, or wrangling persnickety clients—you’re better off at home.
If you are really sick, stay at home or see a doctor. And, do call in sick instead of sending an email or SMS.
- Speak with a boss or supervisor on the phone—don’t send an email—as early in the day as possible.
- Make sure to apologize for the inconvenience.
- Keep the call short and to the point; your manager doesn’t need to know all the gory details.
- Don’t resort to fake coughs or talking while bent over the toilet; there’s no need to oversell it.
- Keep in mind that the more often you’re absent on Mondays and Fridays, the more suspicious it will seem.
But, don’t fake it; that’s just not professional.