The Awkward Business of Calling in Sick

The Awkward Business of Calling in Sick

You awake with a dreadful headache after a night of tossing and turning. Your inability to breathe clearly meant you snored the whole night and now your other half is grumpy with you. You hold your head up for a brief minute and the dizziness you feel tells you that work today is a no go.

The Dreaded Call

So, after deciding not to go to work, how do you approach the dreaded calling of your boss to tell them you wont be coming in? It’s can be an awkward phone call. Here are our tips to make the call go as smoothly as possible:

  1. Don’t overshare! Explain why you’re sick, but don’t go into too much detail. People often overshare when they’re lying, and you don’t want your boss to doubt you when you’re genuinely sick.
  2. Say you wan’t to get better so you can get back to work ASAP. Your boss won’t want you making yourself sicker by coming to work and then needing even more time off.
  3. Don’t put on a voice! Everyone has a sick voice, even if they’ve just got a tummy bug. People often use a croaky or hush tone when they’re trying to convince their boss they’re ill. This normally has the opposite effect and makes it seem like you’re faking it.
  4. Offer to be reachable via your work email – Only if you’re feeling well enough to occasionally check your emails, of course.
  5. Say you don’t want to make your co-workers sick. The only thing worse than an employer calling in sick, is lots of employers calling in sick!
  6. Be genuine. You don’t need to put on a show or overthink. Just express that you are genuinely ill and will be back to work when you’re recharged and healthy.
  7. Remember to say thank you. Appreciate your boss for their understanding and say thank you before you end the call.

With these tips, we’re sure your call will go smoothly and free from awkward moments. Hope you feel better soon!

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