Thinking of Faking a Doctor’s Note? Here Are Five Reasons Why You Shouldn’t

In today’s modern world, you can get anything on the Internet, including fake doctors’ notes. A handful of companies exist with money-back guarantees that the authenticity of their notes won’t be challenged. There’s no question that they’re available, but is a fake doctor’s note worth it? Probably not.

In fact, there are several reasons why you should avoid a farce of this magnitude. It takes time and money, of course, but it also hurts you in the following other ways:

It Causes Things to Get Out of Hand.

If the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off taught us anything, it’s that faking sick comes with risk. Sure, Ferris got away with it, but not before the campaign to save his life was launched. Using a fake doctor’s note to get out of work doesn’t guarantee that your coworkers will start a fund to find you a new kidney, but these things do have a way of getting out of hand.

At the very least, one of your coworkers will ask you for details – what you had, how you’re feeling, whether or not you’re contagious. After all, you did just touch their stapler with your bare hands, and they have a right to know.

It’s an Oversell.

A fake doctor’s note may be completely unnecessary; most companies believe you when you say you’re sick. If your employer doesn’t require a doctor’s note and you present one anyway, it can come across as an oversell, something people do when they’re lying.

Leaving your boss a voicemail telling them you’re feeling under the weather isn’t suspicious; sending a doctor’s note with an extensive description of your GI problem raises some flags.

It Sets You Up for Scrutiny.

If you have an attendance history that isn’t stable, each time you call in sick warrants another look, and a doctor’s note sets up this scrutiny. It will be picked over with a fine-toothed comb.

There are a few ways an employer can catch you. The easiest way is if you use the name of a doctor who doesn’t exist – they turn to Google, nothing turns up, and they turn you in to upper management. Another way to get caught is by using your doctor’s name, but drafting the note on paper that’s not official. Most legitimate doctor notes aren’t written on notebook or computer paper – they’re written on stationary complete with watermarks and official seals.

Using your real doctor is dually dangerous: if they find out, they might drop you as a patient.

It Invokes the Boy Who Cried Wolf Phenomenon.

In the event you’re caught faking a doctor’s note, you’ll lose future credibility. This not only hurts you with regards to actual work – as people wonder if they can trust you when you assure them an email or finished report was sent – but it also comes back to bite you when you truly do grow ill.

If you bring in a legit doctor’s note after you’re caught using a fake, your boss isn’t likely to buy into the genuineness. Instead, they’re more likely to assume you’ve upped your game: your forgery almost looks real.  

It Reeks of Dishonesty.

A fake doctor’s note reeks of dishonesty, a quality that employers don’t seek out or reward. Rather, business owners want people they can trust, count on, and believe in. If you present your boss with a fake note, you show them that you don’t possess those ideal qualities and that puts your employment at risk.

Instead, be honest. When you want to miss work to hit the slopes or because a good friend dropped in unexpectedly, tell your manager. As long as you get someone to take your shift, most employers will be more than happy to accommodate your request.

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