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Need to call in sick? Here are the Do's and Don'ts

By Shari Roan
Los Angeles Times
Published on: 07/10/08

Need to call in sick? There are right and wrong ways to let your boss know you're a no-show. Most people instinctively know the best way to communicate with their particular supervisor and workplace. But if your illness has caused a sudden loss of common sense, follow these tips compiled from human resources experts and other sources.

• Do speak to your supervisor directly, if possible. Sending an e-mail is a tip-off of possible fakery.


• Don't attempt to fake sounding ill by using the old tricks: speaking on the phone while lying in bed or bent over the toilet. Remember, if you were an actor, you'd have a SAG card.

• Do call in as early in the day as possible to give your supervisor time to plan the day without you.

• Don't give your supervisor all the gory details of your illness, pain and suffering. It smacks of exaggeration. Make the call short and to the point.

• Do make the call yourself.

• Don't have your spouse, child or — worse — mother make the call for you unless you are hospitalized and intubated. Be a grown-up.

• Do apologize for the inconvenience to your employer.

• Don't call from a baseball game, bar, airport or other questionable venue.

• Do call in sick when you're feeling miserable, need to see a doctor, are contagious or can't think straight.

• Don't go to work looking like a walking carcass.

• Do get a doctor's note if your illness requires medical treatment and a specified length of time off.

• Don't use "feminine problems" as an excuse — especially if you're not a woman.

• Do use sunscreen if you take a sick day to go to the beach.

• Don't tell your boss you'll try to be there after lunch. It won't happen.

• Do know how your supervisor feels about employees taking sick days.

• Don't call in sick on too many Mondays or Fridays. It will damage your credibility.

http://www.ajc.com/health/content/health/stories/2008/07/10/health_sickdays_tips.html
 

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So...is it a NO NO to call in drunk?
 

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I've heard every excuse that has ever been made.

The great thing about being in the medical field is that medical excuses don't work.

Here is my answers to my sailors BS.
If your sick, come to work and I'll fix you.
If you say your sick and I find out your FOS, come to work and I'm gonna FIX you up, oh boy am I gonna fix you up.
If you refuse to come to work cause your drunk, stay where you are the MP/SP are on the way to fix you up. HeHehe
 

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PointMan said:
So...is it a NO NO to call in drunk?
I would much prefer you call in drunk rather than drive and show up drunk. :D
 
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