Work from home email: how to craft a work from home request in 3 steps

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Many organizations are flexible when it comes to working from home when you’re feeling sick. In fact, many companies encourage you to take a sick day or a remote work day when you’re feeling under the weather.

3 steps to crafting a work from home email request

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 Human Resources's 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 next steps your group can take to cover you while you’re out.

Sample work from home email template

Here's an example work from home email template:

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.


Why working from home makes sense

Thankfully, home-based work is becoming more common due to the nature of online work and its ability to be done from anywhere. And turning your home or apartment into your home office for the day can ultimately help keep you and your team members healthy at work.

Schedule an interactive Lifesize 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.