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Work-from-home Request Letter or Email to Boss Due to Illness

Sometimes, you may be suffering from minor sickness - resulting in you not being able to come to the office. However, you would like to complete the assigned tasks by working at your home on your computer or through other modes as may be suitable.

sample letter to boss asking for work from homeIn these situations, you cannot just tell your boss orally or over the phone that you cannot come to the office because of sickness and will be working from home instead. That will not be appropriate professionally speaking no matter how close you are with your boss.

Do write a formal letter communicating the details of your sickness and why is it that you would be able to work from home even if you are ill. Then your boss might be in a position to approve your request for work-from-home.

Templates of request letter/email to boss seeking permission to work from home are given hereunder for your reference.

(Request letter to boss for work from home)

Date: ...................

(Name of the boss/manager)
(Company Name)

Sub.: Request for approval for work-from-home on (date)
Ref: (Employee Name), (Designation), (Department), (Employee Code)

Dear Sir,

I would like to inform you that I have been suffering from severe cold and mild fever for the last couple of days. While I managed to come to work until today with the health issue, I am afraid I may not be able to come to work from tomorrow onwards until I am cured. My present health condition does not permit me to work in an office environment. I have already seen a doctor and have had my health checked up. He has advised me for complete bed rest and medication for the next .... days.

I understand the load of work these days because of the current projects and, therefore, I think I will be able to manage to do certain tasks on my laptop if I dedicate some hours to work from home. I kindly request you to allow me to work-from-home for the next .... days from (date) to (date). As usual, I will be reporting the progress of the work by the end of the day and whenever needed over phone.

Enclosed herewith a copy of the doctor's medical report on my sickness for the official records.

Kind request to approve my work-from-home application.

Thanking you,

Yours sincerely,

(Name of the Employee)

(Work from home request email to boss)

Dear Sir/Madam,

I would like to seek your permission to work from home today. I am not feeling that well to be able to go to the office. I have been to a doctor this morning and I am on medication now for sore throat, cough, headache and mild fever.

However, I understand the workload and hence, I have decided to spend time from home managing the work today. I will probably be better by tomorrow and looking forward to being back at the office.

Kind request to consider this and permit me to work from home today.

(Name of the Employee)
Employee Code: ............


  1. Sample format is good enough for me. Thanks for making it available.

  2. Rocky Tibrewal08 October, 2018

    Thank you! Just when I needed it most.

  3. kindly provide the sample for requesting regarding wfh, due to afraid to go to outside

    1. why haaha

    2. Phobia medical condition you can mention I guess then.


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