Learn how to request sick leave in a professional and effective manner. Includes sample messages and tips for communicating with your employer.
When you’re feeling unwell and need to take time off, it’s important to request sick leave in a clear and professional manner. In this post, we will discuss how to say take sick leave and provide two sample messages for your reference.
Subject: Request for Sick Leave
Dear [Employer/Manager’s Name],
I hope this email finds you well. I regret to inform you that I am feeling unwell and will be unable to come into work for the next [number] days. I have a [specific illness or condition, if comfortable sharing]. I will be taking the necessary time to rest and recover, and I will keep you updated on my progress.
Thank you for your understanding and I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Sample Message 2
“Good morning [Employer/Manager’s Name], this is [Your Name]. I wanted to let you know that I am feeling unwell and will need to take sick leave for the next [number] days. I have a [specific illness or condition, if comfortable sharing]. I will be taking the necessary time to rest and recover and will keep you updated on my progress. Thank you for your understanding and I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.”
When requesting sick leave, it is important to be clear and professional in your communication. Provide as much information as possible about your illness or condition, but also be mindful of your privacy. Remember to express your gratitude for their understanding and indicate how your responsibilities will be handled during your absence. The above sample messages can be used as a guide, but you can always adjust them to suit your specific situation. It is also good practice to follow up with your employer and keep them updated on your progress and expected return date, if possible. Additionally, it is a good idea to check the company’s policies and procedures for requesting and taking sick leave before doing so.