The etiquette of calling out sick

Question: “This might sound kind of absurd, but one thing I’ve never done well is call out sick—by which I mean actually getting through the call convincingly! Maybe it’s the guilt I feel about letting people down, maybe it’s uneasiness on the phone … but I always feel awkward and never quite know what to say to my boss. Anyone have any tips on the phrases I should use to make the conversation short and convincing and stress-free?” – Emma, Postal Processes Assistant

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