At one time or another, we will all have to call off work for illness or some other reason. Some of us find this to be an easy task, while others feel extremely awkward when having to call out sick from work. There is a certain skill required when it comes to how to call in sick from your job.
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In the following blog, we will provide some helpful advice on how to tell your boss you’re sick. Keep in mind that not all jobs are created equal. Some jobs may have ample sick time and flexible policies for sick leave while others may be very strict. It is imperative that you know your company’s sick policy before calling out of work sick or for any other reason. Keep reading to find out more.
Acceptable Reasons for Calling Off Work
Before we discuss how to call in sick, we need to talk about acceptable excuses to call off work. Be sure that you are fully aware of your company’s policy regarding paid versus unpaid time off. As well, you should have an idea as to how much sick, vacation, or personal time off you have remaining.
Following are some of the universally acceptable reasons for calling out of work:
- You are contagious, throwing up or having diarrhea.
- Schools are closed for inclement weather
- Travel to/from work is hazardous due to weather conditions
- Children are sick
- Emergency situation (ie: family or home emergency situation)
- Spouse or parents are ill
- You are in desperate need of a mental health day
- Death of a loved one
- Car trouble
How to Call in Sick for Work (Expert Tips)
- Let them know as soon as possible: As soon as you know you will be unable to work, contact your boss. (ie: the night before if you start to feel ill before you go to bed). Most companies have a policy in place, such as employees must call in sick an hour or two before their shift. However, the sooner the better so that your boss can find coverage for your work. If you wake up feeling sick, let them know that morning rather than the designated window.
- Be brief with your explanation: Do not ramble on when you are calling out sick. The more you say, the more you sound suspicious. Be brief and to the point. However, you do not need to disclose personal details.
- Do not post on social media: The last thing you want to do is post about your illness (or lack thereof) on your social media accounts. In fact, it is best to avoid social media for the time when you will not be at work.
- Avoid calling on the phone, if possible: Unless it is specifically required that you have to call out over the phone, do not use the phone to call off work. Use email or text if possible. If you do call, follow up with a text or email, this way you have documented proof that you have officially called out.
- Follow up: Check to see if your boss has received your call-out message, especially if you did not speak with them directly. As well, provide any necessary documentation such as a doctor’s note or so on.
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