Q: A colleague calls in sick at least once a month, but she’s confided in me that she’s really playing hooky. What should I do?
A: Tell her it bothers you. Say something like, “Ellen, I don’t think it’s a good idea to keep taking sick days when you’re not sick. And it’s unfair to everyone else who gets stuck doing your work. I wish you’d stop.” Point out that someone higher up is bound to notice. Give her a chance to clean up her act. If she doesn’t, then you’ll have to decide whether you want to take things further by alerting your boss or someone in the human resources department.