Kenya Foy
November 21, 2016 8:23 am
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If you’re already at work despite feeling under the weather, this next bit of info might cause you to silently curse yourself for not staying home, but here goes: We now know the best time to call in sick, according to science. (See, we told you it would piss you off).

Elite Daily cited a study of 1,000 employees conducted by market research company Attest that tells everyone the perfect time to let your boss know you desperately need to keep your sick butt at home, and it’s surprisingly specific. Apparently, the most suitable time for requesting your paid sick day is Tuesday at 6:38 a.m.

So, we’re pretty sure this doesn’t mean that you should wait until Tuesday to use your sick time even though you’ve been practically coughing up a lung all weekend. It simply suggests that if you’re going to use a sick day for those times when you desperately need some R&R or just don’t wanna effin’ work (it happens to the best of us), calling in bright and early on a Tuesday makes your excuse sound more believable.

Also, the study even gives you the best reason to use when you can’t think of anything to tell your boss: “stomach problems.”

Apparently, most people use sick days in November and December, so you may want to postpone your “stomach issue” until 2017, unless you are, in fact, legitimately sick. Either way, if you call in on a Tuesday morning, your boss will never know the difference.

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