The Right Way to Call in Sick to Work

Sometimes, people call in sick to work because they are genuinely in no condition to do their job. Other times, people call in because they just need a break from the daily grind.

Regardless of how you’re feeling, there is an ideal way to call in sick. When you get it right, you can miss work knowing you’re not putting an unnecessary burden on your team and can come back without generating negative vibes. When you get it wrong, your absence becomes completely disruptive and you can expect to get some blowback when you return to work. Consider the following tips on how to call into work the right way.

Calling in when you’re actually sick

Just because you’re sick, that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook when it comes to calling in. First and foremost, ‘calling in sick’ doesn’t necessarily mean a phone call. You should figure out the preferred method of communication for calling in and use that mode.

Once you know if you’ll be calling, emailing or texting, inform your employer as soon as possible. If you’re running a fever and can’t keep food down that night before your shift, go ahead and let them know that evening.

Let your boss know the nature of your injury or illness and when you think you might be back to work. You don’t have to go into all the gory details. Keep it short and to the point.

You must also let your boss know about anything important that you won’t be around to take care of while you’re out. For example, if a report needs to be sent to a client, make sure you provide that information.

Finally, you should find out if the company wants you to complete any documentation before you come back to work.

Calling in when you’re not really sick

Ideally, you shouldn’t be calling in when you’re not sick. You should be using personal time or vacation time. That being said, there will be instances where you absolutely need to miss work and personal or vacation time just isn’t an option.

In these situations, it’s important to think about your timing. Calling in after a long holiday weekend isn’t going to look good, whereas calling in on a Wednesday doesn’t seem as suspicious.

When you do make the call, keep it brief and avoid a dramatic lie. Simply say you don’t feel well and can’t make it in. If your boss starts questioning you, keep your answers short. Remember, when you come back, don’t tell anyone you weren’t really sick!

When you do come back to work, it’s important to double your efforts so your absence doesn’t further set you back or anyone else.

At Labor Temps, we collaborate with our contract workers to ensure they’re on the job and earning money as much as possible. Please contact us today to find out how we can help support your career.