Crafting a work-from-home email for your boss or team

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 email. 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:

Hey Team,

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 if you need me.



Check out our interactive product demo to learn how video conferencing technology can help you stay connected even when you need to work from home. Download a free trial of the Lifesize App and get some rest. We hope you feel better soon.

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One Response to “Crafting a work-from-home email for your boss or team”

  1. Sasi

    The Project Manager,

    Dear Sir/ Madam,
    Subject: Requesting permission to work from home due to unexpected illness.
    I, Sasi, working in xxxxxxx, Bangalore, as a developer in your team, am writing this letter requesting you to allow me to work from home.
    I am indisposed with unexpected stomach flu and I am unable to attend office today. Therefore I request you to grant me permission to work from home. I will be available on phone, and Internet all day long. I shall be back to office when I am fit to do so.
    Taking this unexpected illness into consideration, I hope you’ll understand the situation and allow me to work from home till I recover.
    Thanks and Regards,
    Sincerely yours,


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