Sick leave can be unexpected, and when someone is feeling poorly, informing their line manager of their sickness and absence can be a daunting task.
On this page, you will find a sample script, putting you in the middle of a conversation between an employee and their line manager. The employee has a stomach bug and hasn’t slept all night. She calls her manager at the appropriate time to let him know she won’t make it to work today.
You will see as you read through the script that we pause to analyse the conversation, consider the language used, and offer some alternatives to help you build your vocabulary.
Employee: I have a 24-hour stomach bug which came on during the night, and I don’t think I’m fit for work today.
Manager: Oh. Jeez, I’m not sure what I’ll do now. We might be a little understaffed.
Employee: Well, I’m sorry boss, but it’s not a good idea if I come in. I could pass it on to someone else.
Manager: That’s true. Give me a call in anything changes, please.
Employee: Boss, I really can’t see this letting up, not today, at least. So, I won’t be in.
Manager: Okay. Thanks for the call.
Employee: No problem. Chat tomorrow.
Remember - company policy is different in different companies, so it’s important to be fully aware of what your company’s policies and procedures are on absenteeism when you’re in a situation like this.
“…don’t think I’m fit for work…”
“…it’s not a good idea if I come in.”