Why is it that so many employees don’t understand the basic etiquette of calling in sick?
With flu season upon us, it’s invariable that people will get sick and have to take a day off. Lots of people have figured out that part of the process. The calling-in part? Not so much.
That’s why Ed Holton, Louisiana State University professor of human resources, leadership and organization development, recently ran this list of do’s and don’ts for calling in sick. Place them at whichever workstations you think appropriate.
Rules for calling in sick
- Do telephone the boss directly whenever possible, if that’s standard policy.
- Don’t use e-mail or rely on someone else to let the boss know.
- Do give a brief explanation of your illness. “I have flu symptoms” generally will suffice.
- Don’t go into too much detail. No one really needs to know, for instance, how many trips you made to the bathroom during the night.
- Do explain multi-day absences. If you’re out more than one day, call in each day if possible and explain, particularly if you’ve seen a doctor who diagnosed a contagious illness, such as strep.
- Don’t think that calling in one day will cover you for several days’ absences. Should the boss just assume that you’ll come in when you’re good and ready?
What rules would you add to this list? Do you have any good stories about employees’ misunderstandings about calling in sick? Let us know in the Comments Box below.