The four stages of calling in sick to work

Calling in sick for work is a necessary evil. Some people love to do it and do it way too much while others rather cough themselves to work than to ever call in sick. Bosses obviously don’t love it when their employees call in sick, but most of the time this is better than infecting the whole entire office with whatever you are coughing up. That’s why it’s important to call in sick every once in a while when needed. To make it clear that we all understand the struggle of calling in sick to work, we have listed the four stages that everyone goes through.

Stage 1: Am I really sick?

Am I really sick or should I just call the wambulance? Do you notice how as soon as you have to go to work, you start to feel horribly sick, but when you have to call your boss, you feel like rainbows and sunshine? You might think: ‘If I’m not super sick but just really don’t want to go to work, do you think my boss will hear it in my voice?’ He won’t, just cough a few times and talk in a deeper voice. Remember: if you feel sick, you are sick. Sometimes it’s also really good for you to just take a mental health day and spend the day in bed.

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Stage 2: Gathering up the courage

Are you one of those people who is scared to call for a dentist appointment? Than calling your boss is probably not for you. The idea of going to work feeling like this might be horrible, but calling your boss also makes your stomach turn. Picturing your boss naked might not be the best idea in this situation since this might make you even more nauseous. It’s better to remember that he also had to call in sick once upon a time and that you are completely in your right to do this.

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Stage 3: The actual calling

Yes, we’re doing it! The phone is ringing, your palms are sweating… “hello”.

Tip: keep it short, offer to work whenever you start to feel better and apologize for the inconvenience.

“Good morning …. I’m so sorry, but I can’t come into work today, I’m not feeling well, and don’t want to make others sick. I’ll try to catch up on work whenever I feel a bit better, and I will be back as soon as possible.” “Of course, please feel free to take as much time as you need, and I hope you feel better soon.” Not every boss might be this nice, but let’s hope they will respond in a positive manner.

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Stage 4: The feeling of relief

Phieuwww, you did it!! How amazing does this feel? Now you can crawl into your bed, and start your favorite Netflix series. That actually sounds kind of nice. Be right back, we’re calling our boss right now.

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