Many organizations are flexible when it comes to working from home when you’re feeling sick. The last thing the company wants is an outbreak of influenza taking out the entire sales staff. So when you feel that tickle in the back of your throat and your temperature starts to register triple digits in degrees Fahrenheit, it’s time to draft that work-from-home request. Here are a few tips and a sample letter to get you started:
1. Do it early.
Most office viruses can be spread before your symptoms peak and well after you’re feeling better. If you feel contagious, stay home and take it easy. Nap when you’re tired and work when you’re feeling up to it. Check out these six common office illnesses and their contagious periods to learn more about when you should just stay home.
2. Inform your core group.
A note to your supervisor is useful for HR records, but extending the message to colleagues you work with day in and day out allows you to set the expectation that work coming from your end may be delayed.
3. Make it simple.
Save the graphic details and stick to providing contact details and noting steps your group can take to cover you while you’re out. Here’s a sample work from home email:
I’m starting to show some signs that I’m coming down with ________________. If it is what I think it is, I want to keep it out of the office, so I’ll be working from home for the next few days. I’ll still be reachable by email, and you can always call me on Lifesize Cloud if you need me.
Video conferencing technology makes it easy to stay connected even when you need to work from home. Download the free Lifesize Cloud trial and get some rest. We hope you feel better soon.
|Spread the awareness, not the virus.
Check out these six common office illnesses and their contagious periods to learn more about when you should just stay home.
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