When calling in sick to work, less is definitely more

February 20, 2019

You've been up all night coughing, blowing your nose, maybe even feeling feverish. By sunrise you know there's no way you're going to make it to work and you start worrying about everything you need to get done and how your boss might be mad at you. STOP.

People get sick. There's no getting around it and your boss knows it's going to happen sooner or later so let go of the guilt and do the right thing.

Spare your boss the dirty details

He doesn't need to know the particulars (and probably doesn't even want to) so just call and leave a voicemail, or send an email that says, 'I'm not feeling well so I'm staying in bed today. Hope to be better tomorrow.' That's it. Less is more. If you have a task or two that must be dealt with while you're out let your boss know so he can reassign it, or copy a colleague who can handle it for you.

You're not indispensible

As good as you may be at your job, you're just not irreplaceable. That may sound harsh, but think about it for a moment and you'll realize it's true. They'll manage just fine without you for a few days. And when the co-worker who handled the essentials for you gets sick, you can return the favor.

No one wants to share your germs

Besides everyone at work will be deeply grateful to you for keeping your possibly contagious bacteria away from their common workspace. Going to work sick doesn't make you seem extra dedicated to your job. Instead it makes you seem selfish: a) because you obviously think you're so important the place can't survive without you ,and b) because you don't care about infecting others around you.

Stay home, rest, and don't go back to work until you're actually feeling better.