Calling in sick? Letting people in your office know can be tricky... Your boss will probably question whether you're genuinely sick, your colleagues might also have suspicions, and obviously you want to come across as professional as possible...
All this can be quite problematic when you're genuinely feeling sick and want to curl up in bed and go back to sleep.
Luckily, I've created a quick sick note you can forward to anyone in your office, and this should help you get the time off you need to recover.
Sick letter for the office.
Just fill in the blanks to make the letter custom to you:
To [person's name],
I'm writing to let you know that, due to poor health (specify the illness), I will need to take a few days off to recuperate.
I have consulted with my doctor, and he has recommended [amount of days off].
I will try to make myself available should anyone in the office need to consult with me over the telephone, I can be reached at [your phone number].
I'll keep you informed on how I'm feeling, and I look forward to rejoining the team as soon as possible.
Some tips when writing an office sick letter:
- Keep it brief, don't ramble.
- Don't over-apologize, you may come across as feeling guilty.. Which could arouse suspicion.
- Be prepared. The best thing you can do is to have a plan ready for in case you get sick. Who will cover your responsibilities in the office? Is there anything they need to know (passwords, documents, information that they don't have...). Make sure this is all ready in a handover document.