Denise Petet

Or e-mail the appropriate supervisors and, if you access your work mail via the web, change your out of office message to ‘I’m home sick today, please contact….if you need help immediately, or leave me a message and I’ll get to it when I come back’.

If Ed is sick, and Ed calls into Mary, who’s also home sick, so no one else realized that Ed actually called in then Ed shouldn’t be up to being punished or held accountable for a ‘no show’ because he made a good faith effort to call in. The responsibility should be on Mary, who’s in a position to be in charge of people, to check her voice mail from home and then pass the message on.

If Mary goes on vacation for 2 weeks, then it’s on Mary to designate the replacement person for Ed to call into.