Requesting a sick day is not simply about informing your boss or colleagues that you won’t be at work; you also need to prove you are still a responsible employee.
By requesting a sick day in a way that respects company policies, you can maintain a positive rapport with your colleagues. Here’s how to ask for a sick day with example messages.
How to Notify Your Employer of Your Absence
Communicate Clearly and Concisely
Before sending your sick day request email or message, proofread it for spelling and grammar errors. A poorly written request can give the impression of a lack of professionalism or that it’s a last-minute excuse.
Your message should be straightforward and concise. Your employer and colleagues will be busy (and perhaps even busier due to your absence), so make sure they don’t have to spend time reading a lengthy message. This shows you are mindful of what they may be dealing with due to your absence.
Send Your Message as Early as Possible
The earlier you send your message, the more time your colleagues can plan for your absence. It gives them more time to call in an employee to cover your shift or assist with projects if needed.
Examples of Sick Day Messages
If You Can Still Work From Home
“Dear [Supervisor’s name], I’m currently feeling unwell, so I wanted to reach and request sick leave for today. I’m sorry for the inconvenience. Please let me know if anything urgent needs my attention, and I’ll try to address it remotely. Thank you for your understanding.”
“Hi [HR staff name], I apologize in advance, but unfortunately, I won’t be able to come to work today as I’m not feeling well. Please inform my department of my absence. I’ll be available by email if any urgent matters need my attention. I appreciate your understanding.”
If You Cannot Work Remotely
“Good morning, [Boss’s name], Regrettably, I won’t be able to come to work today as I’m suffering from [illness]. I have informed my team already, and I’ll update them on any important tasks for the day. I will keep you updated on how I’m feeling and will do my best to return as early as possible.”
Requesting a sick day is the right thing to do if you’re genuinely feeling unwell, which can affect anybody at any time. That said, be sure to send a professional message that shows respect for your colleagues by informing them before your absence.
Then, recover/recharge and return, ready to perform to a high standard at work! We hope this helps, and get well soon!
Title: How Do You Ask for a Sick Day by Message?
Category: Career Resources