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I’ve called out sick before and heard a very disbelieving voice on the other end of the line. I’ve also seen managers field sick calls and seen them first hand make rude gestures to the phone as an employee called out sick. I’d say that you can get a good feel for when someone is legitimately sick and when they want to play hooky. Some managers, sadly, do not have that gift.

Even sadder are the managers that won’t acknowledge your sick calls at all and somehow try to convince you, or bribe you, into coming to work even though you’re heavily sedated with cold medication and spent the last 9 hours puking your internal organs into a waste bin. It’s a tough call for you to make when you’re sick. It’s even worse when the manager on duty picks up and it’s Lark. Ugh…