How To Call In Sick Without Looking Like You’re Faking It

How To Call In Sick Without Looking Like You’re Faking It

No matter how healthy you try to be, odds are you may catch a bug or two. Here’s how to tell the boss that you’re going to stay home without appearing suspect. offers some advice for those who are in fact sick, but worry that they’ll still appear as though they’re pulling a fast one on their superiors.

Foremost among the tips, recommends speaking to your boss over the telephone, not through more indirect measures like email (even though your low energy level may push you towards the easier email route). When you’re sick, odds are in your favour that you’ll sound it, which will help to appease any concerns – if your boss is prone to such concerns – that you may be chucking a sickie.

Keeping the call short and direct. Apologies for not coming in to work are also important in maintaining a professional tone.

The post also says that following this advice is more important on Mondays and Fridays when more employees are prone to calling in sick. Hit the full post for all the details, then let us know how you handle calling in sick in the comments.



  • Lie down in bed when you call, changes the tone of your voice. Also, call as early as acceptably possible, implies you’ve not slept well

  • Just see a doctor. Say you feel unwell, and need a sick certificate.
    Most will give you one for the day.

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