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The Art of Faking Sick
There could be various reasons why someone would want to call in sick. Perhaps you have a big test that you aren't ready for and hope you can make it up another day. Or maybe you just need a mental health day from your job. Everyone needs one from time to time and you may not be in the position where you can just ask for the day off.
In cases like this you will have to end up faking sick. You either have to be convincing over the phone or in person. This article covers how to do that so that you can get the time off you need.
Fake Being Sick at Your Own Risk!
Use the information in this article at your own risk. I am not responsible if you get in trouble or get caught faking sick. I encourage you to find the right way to get time off rather than faking sick. The consequences are yours, and yours alone, if you get caught.
I encourage supervisors and managers to read this article to learn what their staff may do when calling in sick if they are trying to fake it.
Faking Being Sick with a Good Sneeze or Cough
Calling in Sick from Work
Calling in sick from work can be more trouble than it's worth. You have to prepare for it if you want everything to seem convincing. Follow these steps when calling in sick from work:
- The day before you plan to fake sick, complain that you aren't feeling well. State you aren't feeling well, your head hurts, your stomach aches, etc. Just don't use symptoms that should be visible by everyone else, making them impossible to fake. Review common illnesses and the symptoms that can be easy to fake. Don't lay it on too thick either!
- Keep your work caught up, but not entirely. If all of your work is done, it may look like you were planning to call in sick and wanted to get all of your work done beforehand. This would be highly suspicious. So, make sure some unimportant work is left behind.
- Don't talk about any plans you may have made the day you want to call in sick. It may seem like you called in sick just to enjoy your plans for that day. it would look suspicious to your co-workers and especially your boss.
- The day you call in sick, try to do it via text message. This way your boss won't be able to hear your voice. Be prepared for your manager to call you up as a follow-up to your text message.
- If you have to call your boss directly, make your voice sound haggard. Cough some or give a sniffle, but don't lay it on too thick. Also, some organizations may not be able to ask what you have, but some can. So review law and your company's policies thoroughly to determine what you may have to tell your boss.
- Stay off of social media. If you go drinking the night before, don't advertise it for the world to see. If you have plans that day, then don't post it on Facebook, Twitter, etc. Bosses do check that stuff and people have been fired for it.
- The following day after you call in sick, still act a bit sickly. Throw a cough out once in a while, go to the bathroom a bit more often, don't eat as much food, etc. If you walk in fully healthy, your co-workers and boss may suspect you faked it all.
Dangers in Calling in Sick from Work
There are dangers you must face when calling in sick from work:
- If you are caught, you risk losing your job.
- It forces your co-workers to do more work in your absence.
- Your co-workers may pick up on what you are doing, and do the same, making the work place harder for everyone else.
- When you are legitimately sick, you may have to end up working if you are in danger of discipline due to your other sick days.
- Your boss will look for patterns in sick leave. So don't call in sick the day before or the day after your days off. Don't call in sick the same day of the month. Don't use the same excuse each time.
- Your employer may require a doctor's note for being ill. Not only will you have to fake being sick to a doctor, you waste your day off and spend some money on a co-pay.
- If you are not paid for a sick day, you lose money. If you are paid, technically you could be stealing from your organization.
- You feel guilty about it, since you are basically lying to others.
A Child Faking Sick
Calling in Sick from School
There are times a student just needs to stay home to study some more, but more than likely they just want a day to goof off and not get anything done. In this case you must convince your parents that you are not feeling well. Below is how to do that.
- Drop hints that other students in school are getting sick. But don't tell anyone, especially your friends, that you are going to be faking sick. They could rat you out or tell their parents.
- Avoid mentioning that a big test or project is coming up. Your parents will push you to go to school even if you act sick.
- Go to bed early the night before. Tell your parents you are going to bed early. If you have a curfew and go to bed before that, even better. Your parents will find it odd that you went to bed early. If they ask if something is wrong, don't tell them anything. Act like you are trying to fight the illness.
- Purposely oversleep the following morning. Don't set your alarm so that your parents have to wake you up. State that you set your alarm, but hit the snooze because you didn't feel well. Then lay on your symptoms. Cough, sniffle, etc.
- Get ready for school anyway. Drag yourself out of bed and slowly get ready for school. Once you are dressed, tell your parents you think you should stay home because you just feel drained after just getting ready for school.
- Stay in your room while you are sick. Don't walk around the house a lot, talk on the phone, get on social media, etc. Just stay put in your room and stay in bed. If you need to study, then have a book with you.
Dangers in Calling in Sick from School
There are disadvantages when calling in sick from school:
- There is a chance you could miss out on tests, quizzes, and work that will affect your grades.
- If you call in sick to avoid a major test, there may be a chance you won't be able to re-take it.
- You will have to make up homework that was assigned that day, doubling your work the following day.
- You will miss out on whatever was taught in your classes that day.
- If you are in college, you are wasting money by being sick and skipping your courses.
- Your parents may drag you to the doctor, where you will have to really act sick. If you aren't convincing, then you risk being in a lot of trouble.
- Your education suffers as a whole.
Faking Sick with Bloodshot Eyes
Calling in Sick from a Social Event
Sometimes there social events you just don't want to go to. The best way out of them is faking an illness. The tips above can be followed, but there are a few more to follow in cases like this.
- Act like you want to go to the event. Do this way before the event and the days leading up to it. Claim you are looking forward to it, it's on your calendar, etc. This will make it more convincing when you have to fake sick.
- Post that you are sick on social media. In this case social media can be your friend. Make a Facebook or Twitter post that you aren't feeling well and don't plan to go out. Even take a picture of you in some ragged clothes. You can even try to make your face red or throw tissues around to make it more convincing.
- Lock yourself in your home and shut the phone off. This is an alternative to the second tip. After the event, turn your phone back on and answer any calls or texts. State that you weren't feeling well, took some medication, and must have fallen asleep. Be prepared to state what kind of medication, so pick one that has a side effect of drowsiness.
- Call in sick from school or work. To hammer the point home, call in from school or work on that same day, the day before, or the day after the event. If you go as far as this, it makes it that much more believable.
Dangers in Calling in Sick from a Social Event
There are two dangers in faking sick to get out of a social event.
- This could alienate your friends or family, causing them not to like you as much, especially if they find out you were faking it.
- You may not be invited to as many social events if it's found out you faked being sick.
How to Fake Being Sick
How to Determine if Someone is Faking Sick
Managers and supervisors constantly have to tackle sick leave abuse. But there are ways to monitor and ensure your employees are not abusing sick leave.
- Keep track each time an employee calls in sick. If an employee is calling in sick before or after their days off, using the same symptoms, etc. then something may be up. Talk to them about it without accusing them of anything. Maybe something is causing an issue, and it could be legitimate.
- Find out what you can and can't ask your employee. Some jobs allow supervisors to ask what is wrong with an employee, while others forbid it, even by law. Research the issue before you confront an employee about it.
- Sometimes employees do need a mental health day. If you have a hard working employee that you know is calling in sick just to get mental break, then you can just let it go. If it's uncommon that they do so, it could be in your best interest to let them have a day for themselves.
- Check their social media accounts. If their Facebook or Twitter talks about how much of a good time they had out all day, then you know they are lying. Take screen shots and use that information to discipline the employee.
- Ask for a doctor's note. If an employee is faking, having them go to the doctor would almost blow their entire day off. If allowed by your organization, ask them to provide a doctor's note.
- Don't assume each time someone calls in sick, that they are faking. This will bring down morale and cause people to come in to work even when they are really sick. Look for a pattern first before thinking that they could be faking it.
Know the Laws Regarding Sick Leave
There are laws to protect employees when they are sick. Ensure you thoroughly review those laws before you discipline an employee if you think they are faking sick.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2013 David Livermore
Gautam Sunil Kumar from Germany on January 08, 2016:
Nice work! :)
torrilynn on March 06, 2013:
very useful and interesting to fake sick.
I've always faked sick as a kid but I would get caught by
wanting to go play with friends when they got out of school or
by wanting ice cream. thanks for this hub.
David Livermore (author) from Bakersfield, California, United States on March 06, 2013:
Thanks a lot!
Deepika Arun from Chennai, India on March 06, 2013:
Hahaha! Interesting and Funny! Enjoyed reading it!
Sid Kemp from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) on March 05, 2013:
Interesting hub. I never tried it, and I won't. I'm just too honest. My mom's rule was a fever of over 100. But, as both employee and employer, I am a big fan of "mental health days" and "floating holidays." Giving mature, responsible employees flexibility creates honest communication and an excellent work environment.
Kari on March 05, 2013:
Oh man, I used to be a pro at calling in sick. I used all of your tips, plus I have very white skin, so all I had to was act sick and people suddenly said to me, "You are so pale! You should go home."
Gypsy48 on March 05, 2013:
Useful hub. My husband has caught employees faking sick while making fun plans on facebook. I do think that every once in a while a hard worker needs to take a mental day off. Voted up and useful:)
CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on March 05, 2013:
Very interesting and indeed useful. I'm guilty of faking it once or twice in my working life experience but no more than that for some valid reasons. Thankfully, although I am not good in lying skills, I did pass the challenge. However, if I may brag, I should be given an award for not calling in sick and for my punctuality at work. :) My work ethic is simply important for me and I personally value that (and my work, itself).
Good hub and something to contemplate about. Thanks.
P.S. Voting up, useful, interesting and absolutely sharing.
David Livermore (author) from Bakersfield, California, United States on March 04, 2013:
I've seen similar happen myself. Social networking is a dangerous thing if you are trying to hide activities from others.
Marlene Bertrand from USA on March 04, 2013:
This is quite thorough, covering both sides of the fake sickness game. It amazes me how many people fake being sick and then post their "real" activities on social networking sites. Don't they know that bosses and boss cohorts can read, too! I know of a person who was unaware that he had a co-worker who had some issues with him. And, when this person faked sickness and posted the "real" day on Facebook, the fake friend reported him to the boss.
David Livermore (author) from Bakersfield, California, United States on March 03, 2013:
Luckily my supervisor is the same. I hope no one has to resort to something like this. If they have a good system at work that allows them to be sick, they won't have to.
Bobby from U.K on March 03, 2013:
About a year ago I had to take off 6 months from work as I suffered a blood clot with severe complications. Luckily my boss was great about it and has given me a lot of flexibility when it comes to sick days. I get a certain amount of paid sick days each year but whenever I run out of those my boss just requires a call the morning I need a day off. Thankfully he never really questions my sick days but I always come into work when I can.
This is a great hub though for other people who may not be in the same situation as I. Voted up and interesting.
David Livermore (author) from Bakersfield, California, United States on March 01, 2013:
Thank you both! I'm a workaholic myself, and wouldn't want to do this at all. But some want to do it.
Secretly, I hope managers read this hub so they can see right through someone faking sick!
Marie Alana from Ohio on March 01, 2013:
This is a hub that plenty of students would love to read!
Pamdora on March 01, 2013:
This Hub is really sick! LOL!
I'm a workaholic at heart and would love to be able to go to a job. Unfortunately, I'm too disabled to manage that. Even if I managed to get hired somehow, the boss would figure it out and fire me in a couple of hours at most.
Faking sick is one thing, but be careful you don't come down with the real thing.
Voted Up and Funny...and I suppose Useful...for some. :)