We’ve all done it, called in sick when we really just didn’t feel like going into work. But depending on the company, you can actually get fired for calling in, whether you are sick or not. So while you’re contemplating when you are planning on getting the flu or when you have unbearable lady cramps, here are some do’s and don’t for calling in sick:
Do plan ahead.
If you are going to use the good ole’ “I have a fever-throwing up-can’t-get-out-of-bed-stomach-flu” excuse, you might as well start faking it at work. A few days before you actually call in, channel your inner Angelina Jolie and start acting like you’re sick. That way when you actually call in, your boss will believe you.
Do go over your company policies.
Look over your company handbook and be completely sure of guidelines. Some companies have a certain amount of sick time, companies lump it with your vacation time, or sick time doesn’t roll over.
Do erase all of the evidence.
If you’re calling or texting your boss and you’re using your cell phone, confirm that they received your message then delete any traces of communication. The last thing you want to do is butt dial your boss while you’re day drinking at the beach.
Don’t post anything on social media.
It doesn’t matter how beautiful the day is or what celebrity you ran into at Disneyland, don’t post anything the day you call in. You can always post the picture a week later and hashtag it #latergram. You don’t want to risk losing your job just because you are having an awesome sick day.
Don’t be consistent.
When using your sick time, be as random as possible. Don’t be that person who calls in on their birthday or every Friday or Monday. Again, it’s important to plan ahead your sick days, even it means planning them for the entire year.
Don’t waste your day.
Take advantage of your “sick” day and do something productive like reading a book on how to start a business, attending a workshop, find a meetup group or update your resume. Use this paid (or non-paid) day to better your future.
Do you have any other suggestions for calling in sick? Share them in the comments below!