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AIBU to request tips about taking a sickie? WWYD?

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tripartitealliance Mon 24-Nov-14 18:56:22

I haven't done this sickie thing before. Ever. hmm
Tomorrow afternoon I am due to give presentation. I said I would do it and I organised it. Whilst some people have put time aside for it specially and it is vaguely important-cum-relevant to others, it is not a presentation that will solve world peace or prevent anyone from putting children's toys in gendered sections in the supermarket ever again. But if I cancel it for no good reason I will look like a knob. Like, really, a total knob. If I am sick people will probably be put out a bit, but honestly not really think about it much and will take it as being rescheduled and get on with their own things.
I thought I'd have enough time to do the research today, but have been absolutely swamped at work. angry Looking at what needs to be done tonight (in between getting DC ready for bed and actually into bed!) and what other really important things need to be done tomorrow morning at work, there is no way I can finish it to an acceptable standard either for myself or for others. Also, all my stockings are laddered
So, the only way forward is, I have decided, to take a sickie. A brand new experience for me, as I would usually always come into work even if I am quite ill; I'd either have to be at SARS-level infectious or be pretty much dead already to stay at home when required to be in the office for something important.
Please therefore be so kind as to advise which is least likely to look suspicious under the circumstances. Should I
(a) surreptitiously let colleague/s know tonight already that I'm feeling a bit under the weather, and if so should I make it an email or an off-hand social media sort of comment;
(b) inform colleagues tomorrow morning first thing that I won't be in the office as I'm feeling under the weather, and thus need to postpone the presentation too; or
(c) inform colleagues mid-morning that I've been feeling under the weather (??and have popped into the GP for an emergency appointment??) and won't be able to make it in today, and thus need to postpone the presentation. (They won't, for the record, question if I'm not there first thing as the nature of the work often means people arrive at their desks anywhere between 7am and 11am).
WWYD? Help!

VivaLeBeaver Mon 24-Nov-14 19:00:47

B. tell them you've got the shits.

Writerwannabe83 Mon 24-Nov-14 19:01:16

Option A grin

NakedFamilyFightClub Mon 24-Nov-14 19:02:21

I think you're over thinking this a bit.

Just postone the meeting and inform people that due to your workload you haven't been able to prepare the presentation. That's a perfectly valid reason.

CaulkheadUpNorth Mon 24-Nov-14 19:02:40


ClashCityRocker Mon 24-Nov-14 19:03:28

Um, I hope none of your colleagues are on mumsnet...

Cauliflowersneeze1 Mon 24-Nov-14 19:04:32

B , if I were your colleague and you let me know the night before , I'd know what you were preparing me for

LeopardInABobbleHat Mon 24-Nov-14 19:05:07

Yes, postpone due to pressure of work, apologise and suggest rescheduled date/times for people to choose. Then prepare it this coming weekend so it's done.

MaryWestmacott Mon 24-Nov-14 19:06:54

Right, step 1, if you have colleagues on Facebook, put a status update in about an hour saying "really considering bed already, shattered - not exactly rock and roll!"

Step 2, at the point you normally leave for work tomorrow, call or email in saying that you where throwing up in the night and won't be in, you might try to do done work from home later.

Step 3, go to work without foundation on Wednesday - tell colleagues you've no idea what it was, you were suddenly really tired in the evening, woke up at 3am and threw up and spent the whole of Tuesday feeling tired and like you run a marathon.

Step 4. Avoid any rich or spicy foods on Wednesday or looking too chipper at your desk.

Step 5. In future do your homework on time young lady! wink

ilovesooty Mon 24-Nov-14 19:07:13

As a post above me said - explain that your other commitments mean that your presentation isn't ready and you will need to reschedule it.
I bet if you have any kind of efficient or aware line manager they'd suspect you were lying.

OneHandFlapping Mon 24-Nov-14 19:07:24

What Naked said. It's the only professional thing to do.

nocoolnamesleft Mon 24-Nov-14 19:07:52

Be honest.

googoodolly Mon 24-Nov-14 19:08:04

Um, just tell people you haven't managed to do it and reschedule. If it's not that important, don't risk your sick record for it.

And like Clash said, I hope none of your colleagues/your boss reads this.

tripartitealliance Mon 24-Nov-14 19:08:26

Ah Viva I couldn't! Could I?
Naked Over-thinking is possible (as I already feel guilty), but it is part of a "semi-conference-type" thing, hence not wanting to look like a knob.

tripartitealliance Mon 24-Nov-14 19:10:22

Lots of replies while I was typing.
I like the neatly thought out plan suggested by Mary. It seems so perfect. I presume it has worked for you in the past!?

ilovesooty Mon 24-Nov-14 19:10:28

Liars look like worse knobs than people who need to reschedule due to other work commitments.

MaryWestmacott Mon 24-Nov-14 19:11:04

Oh and it's got to be vomit and/or shits, nothing else will have arrived and departed from your system quickly enough.

greenfolder Mon 24-Nov-14 19:12:27

Question 1 will anyone have expected you do the prep so someone else can deliver it? If so,confess. If not I would ruthlessly text someone to say dc have got stomach flu and you are feeling queasy.

tripartitealliance Mon 24-Nov-14 19:13:26

Colleagues are all childless and super busy with gawdawfulboring interesting after-work activities, so I'd be surprised if they are on MN. prays it be so. Boss' wife might be. hmm Hi Diane Claire!

bakingaddict Mon 24-Nov-14 19:14:14

Either postpone like Leopard or Cauliflower says or just do the presentation. You must have known about it for a period of time so even postponing makes you look a bit flaky and unprofessional. It's not like it was dumped on you today

At least get something on the slides and then you can offer an apology citing work pressures as the reason your presentation isn't quite up to scratch. Get the kids to bed and go flat out to get something done by tomorrow morning lest you be forever known in your workplace as the person who pulled a sickie to get out of doing a presentation.

MaryWestmacott Mon 24-Nov-14 19:15:05

Trip - only once in my whole career, got an interview for a great job but on a day my old boss would never let me take a day/half day holiday and I know he'd have reduced my bonus if he knew I was looking for a new job. (Got the new job and was able to resign the day after bonuses hit our bank accounts, was a long time ago).

GreenPetal94 Mon 24-Nov-14 19:16:13

Ring in to male boss saying you have a woman's issue and please could he surreptitiously cancel on your behalf.

ClashCityRocker Mon 24-Nov-14 19:17:50

I'm childless and super busy sort of

Hang on, I'm supposed to be in a presentation tomorrow grin

It will have to be a stomach bug. And it would be more than one day, if it's just one day it looks blatantly obvious - even if no one comes out and says it everyone will be thinking it.

Plus, last time the one and only time I pulled a sickie, I had a real genuine illness the same really isn't worth the hassle.

MaryWestmacott Mon 24-Nov-14 19:18:05

Oh and op, use all tomorrow morning to do the presentation slides, so at lunchtime you could email your boss with it saying "so sorry I had to cancel, do you want me to send this out to the participants anyway or reschedule?"

ilovesooty Mon 24-Nov-14 19:18:50

Great way to enhance women's credibility at work Rainbowhmm

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