How To Call Out Of Work Professionally

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How To Call Out Of Work Proffesionally

Deciding If You Should Call Out

Before you call out of work, you should first consider the pros and cons. Calling out can result in some pretty serious consequences depending on your job’s policies and whether or not you miss work frequently. 

The best practice, is to reserve the days you call out for the days that you actually NEED to miss. 

The Pros

  • You can take care of your urgent matters.
  • You can recover from your illness.
  • Relax and de-stress from your workweek. 
  • If you’re not sick or dealing with something, you can use the day to enjoy yourself and spend time with friends. 
  • You’ll have more energy to perform well at work the following day. 

The Cons

  •  You may need to provide a medical notice upon returning to work.
  • You could be causing a greater workload for your co-workers—depending on the kind of work you do. 
  • You could be hurting your credibility with your employer by calling out of work, if you call out often. 
  • If you’re paid hourly, you may be missing out on your earnings for that day’s work.

When You Should Call Out

You should inform your employer that you will be missing work as soon as possible. If you’re not feeling well the night before your shift, let your employer know that you might have to miss work. If not the night before, let your employer know first thing in the morning that you won’t be able to make it. 

It’s also very professional to reach out to your co-workers and try to get your shift covered—if this is possible with your line of work. If you can’t get your shift covered, still reach out too your co-workers and let them know that you won’t be able to make it. 

What To Say When You Call Out

When you call out of work, it’s important that you stay honest with your employer. Your boss is a person with personal problems and an imperfect immune system just like you. So if you’re honest, your employer will probably understand. 

If You Are Actually Sick

If you’re actually sick, then calling out is the right thing to do. Going to work when your experiencing viral symptoms could make many of your co-workers uncomfortable, especially with Covid-19 being as active as it is. 

If you’re sick, go to your doctor and they will be able to give you a signed letter explaining the dates of work that you needed to miss. 

If You Are Not Sick

If you’re not sick, being honest with your employer is still the best practice. If you’re missing work because you need to take care of some urgent matters, this is something you should communicate. 

If you’re missing work because you just need the day off to relax and recover from stress or fatigue, you may want to consider telling your employer that you have some private matters that you need to attend to. You don’t have to give them a reason. This will likely result in your employer documenting the missed shift as an unexcused absence, so don’t use this reason frequently.

Final Thoughts

Whether it be for your health or just your personal matters, eventually you’re going to need to call out of work. It’s okay to miss work once in a while. As long as you communicate with your employer honestly, your job will likely remain in great standing. 



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