Work-from-home request letter / email to Boss due to illness (Sample)

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

In these situations, you can't just tell your boss orally or over phone that you can't come to office because of sickness and will be working from home instead. That won't 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.

Modify the following format suitably and submit the signed letter to your boss. Or if you are writing an email instead then you can delete the formal writing part (like date, addressed to, etc) and just use the body part of letter.


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 have to kindly inform you that I am suffering from severe cold and mild fever for last couple of days. While I managed to come to work till today with this 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 do not permit me to work in the office environment. I have already seen a doctor and have had my health checked up. He has advised for bed rest and medication for next four 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 request you to kindly allow me to work-from-home for next 4 days from (date) to (date). As ususal 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)


  1. Amit Roul8/28/2018

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

  2. Rocky Tibrewal10/08/2018

    Thank you! Just when I needed it most.


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