Excuse Letter for Missing Work due to Sickness

There are some situations when you have to miss your work. Most of the time, you miss your work due to illness. It is the responsibility of an employee to write a letter in which they should write the reason for missing the work.

In some cases, the employer may ask the employee to write the letter of excuse for missing work before an absence. However, this letter can also be written after the absenteeism.

No matter an employee needs leave for a day or a longer one, formal excuse letter is required to be written to the employer to let him know that you have a genuine reason to take time off from work.

Tips for writing an excuse letter for missing work:

Here are a few tips that will be very helpful for you to draft a professional looking excuse letter.

  1. Before you write an excuse letter, make sure that you are well aware of the policies of the company regarding excuse letter written for missing work. You should know the conditions in which the letter of excuse is acceptable. For example, if you writing the excuse letter for missing work due to illness, you should try to know if the company needs a medical certificate to be attached to it.
  2. The letter should be written in such a way that it is professionally acceptable. The official business letter has a formal format to be followed. Make sure that you also follow the same format.
  3. Keep the letter concise. Simply tell the reader that you are ill and you are in the need to stay at home. There is no need to give unnecessary details such as symptoms of illness. Simply tell the reader that you are ill and will not be able to attend work.
  4. It is always advisable to write the excuse letter before missing the work. No matter you want to leave for a day or more, you should write the excuse letter as soon as possible. If you don’t have time to write an excuse letter, you can simply download a template for it.

Sample letter

Dear Mr. Wilson,


I am writing this letter to apologize for my absence of two days on the 3rd and 4th August 2018.

I had been experiencing recurring backache but was ignoring it. On 2nd August, after work, the pain became unbearable and I rushed to the hospital directly from the office. The doctor suggested different tests and asked me to stay in the hospital for two days. I was in such unbearable pain that the idea of informing you did not come into my mind for which I highly apologize.

Now that I am back to work, I will complete all my pending work this week. I hope you understand my situation and excuse my absence.

I am really sorry again.


Emily Smith


Excuse Letter for Missing Work due to Sickness

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