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Calling in sick is a tough decision to make.
Regardless of whether you’re legitimately sick, choosing to take sick leave can be fraught.
What if your boss doesn’t believe you? In the case of liars trying to play hooky, what if your boss sees right through you?
For some, these questions pop up every single time they ask for time off.
And in their defense, it could happen — your boss just might not believe you, in which case you could be in hot water.
So how do you ask off without looking like a liar — even if you absolutely are one?
We’ve got a few tips to help you navigate this potentially dangerous situation and get you the day off that you deserve (or perhaps the one that you don’t — no judgements here).
When calling in sick, it’s important to remember that your work for the day doesn’t just disappear because you can’t do it.
Either you have to push it back a day, or someone else has to do it, or (worst of all, from your employer’s perspective) the work just doesn’t get done that day and can’t be made up by anyone else.
It’s not your fault that you were or are sick, but it’s always possible that your absence will nevertheless have a negative effect on someone you work with, depending on the nature of your work.
For this reason, there’s a few things you should do when you call in sick to make sure you’re being conscientious of your boss and your coworkers:
There are lots of ways to approach telling your boss that you can’t come in to work, but at some point or another, you’re going to have to give them a reason.
It should go without saying that not all of these reasons are as good as the others.
Here are a few examples of both good and bad reasons to give your boss for taking off work:
At some point in your work life, you’re going to wake up nice and healthy, but, for whatever reason, with the strong urge to call out sick.
They’ll be no good reason why you shouldn’t go to work that day — at least, no reason that your boss is likely to accept.
But maybe you’ve been healthy all year. Maybe it’s been awhile since you took a day off work.
Maybe you just really, really, really don’t want to go in.
Is it a good idea to use your sick days for personal days?
That’s all we’ve got for this one — again, the biggest thing to keep in mind when asking for sick days off is that it depends on two major things.
The first is your company’s policy toward sick days, and what it recognizes as a “sick day” in the first place.
The second is your relationship with your boss, especially pertaining to how many sick days you’ve taken off so far.
At the end of the day, we have only one thing to say for people who are looking to abuse their company’s sick day policy to their own non-sick benefit:
Do it. Playing hooky rocks and it will make you look cool to all your coworkers.
They definitely will not grow to resent your increased absence, or notice the uptick in your social media usage on your days off.
Anywho, best of luck to you! Here are some other links to help you on your way:
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