How To Use the Best Excuses for Calling in Sick

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Let's face it, you feel that you need to take a day off from work.  Maybe you just want to stay at home and chill. Maybe you want to go to that store that will be having a sale today. Maybe you just want to go with your mom who has a medical checkup.

Whatever your reason for wanting to have this day off is, you need to have a good excuse for not being able to go to work. The best excuse would be to call in that you are sick, whether you are really sick or just invented something that will limit your ability to go to work. Choosing to have an excuse for calling in sick is not easy, for the excuse may be questioned later on and backfire on you.

Below are some excuses that can be used for calling in sick.

  • Diarrhea and upset stomach. This is definitely one of the tried and tested ones. Of course, there is no need to give the details. 
  • Fever, allergy attacks, colds, or flu. Make sure that the weather is right to have these kinds of excuses. 
  • Migraine headache. This can be a good reason especially after beating deadlines. Be sure though that the work you have supposedly done prior to getting migraine headaches is excellently done and not sloppy.
  • It's the "time of the month", a perfect excuse for female employees. Just be sure to remember these dates so that you are consistent when you use this excuse again.

Remember these things before you decide on which excuse to give for calling in sick:

  • Be careful about what you say and do when you go back to work after being absent. In short, try not to contradict yourself. Coming in with tanned skin on a Monday after being absent on a Friday because you were sick is not a good idea. Talking about details of a movie that has just premiered on the day you got sick is also not a good idea. Giving an excuse about a sports injury when you do not even have a scratch on your body is unwise too.
  • Do try not to be too elaborate in the details of your sickness. If you do, your "symptoms" may even catch you off-guard when co-workers ask you about it.
  • It is also advisable to list the dates when you called in sick, as well as the reasons for these missed days of work as a reference.
  • Sometimes, being honest is better than making up excuses. Cases like picking up a relative in the airport whom you haven't seen for a long time are a good excuse, likewise attending a child's school event.

Remember, you would not want to be labeled as not committed fully to your job. Does the reason for being absent weigh more than going to work or even losing your boss' confidence in you? Think about it.

Being seen as a responsible employee is better than being considered as one who always has excuses to avoid getting some work done.


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